Comments: I never read this book as a child, but I LOVED it as an adult. We read it when the 2018 movie came out when my kids were 4, 6, and 8 years. I did not particularly care for either version of the movies, but the book was outstanding, in my opinion. I’m not sure my 4 year old got much out of the story, but I think my 6 and 8 year olds really enjoyed it as well. However, I had to stop and explain to them what was going on, so it might be better to wait until kids are a little older.
It is a science fiction story about 13 year old Meg Murray whose father disappeared years before. Meg and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, along with a fellow classmate named Calvin travel through the space-time continuum to rescue the father and save the world. There are several fantastical elements to the story.
Personally, what I really loved about the story were the emotional elements and the growth of the characters. Even though I read it as an adult, I still appreciated the coming of age aspects of the story and can really understand how this book could help form young women encouraging self acceptance and the courage to do what is right. I’ll definitely be encouraging my daughter to read it again when she is in middle school.
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