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Out of This World (A Wrinkle in Time) Literary Cafe: Madeleine L'Engle-Author Study

Learning about Madeleine L'Engle

In this video you will learn a little about Madeleine L'Engle's life, her writing space and influences, and how she felt when she learned that A Wrinkle in Time had won the Newbery Medal.

A Wrinkle in Time Book Trailer

Cafe Station Directions

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Madeleine L'Engle was the author of many youth novels.  She especially enjoyed writing science fiction/fantasy novels.  She received the Newbery Medal in 1963 for A Wrinkle in Time, but it had not been easy at that time to get the book published.  It was rejected MANY times because it had a strong female main character and was a science fiction story.   At this café station you will learn about Madeleine L'Engle, her life, work and influences.

Work in pairs and follow these directions to  view and listen to interviews with L'Engle.  Then individually do the activity described on your handout and below. 



1. On the iPad mini, open up Safari.  Click the open book icon (Bookmarks).
2. Click the link labeled Madeleine L'Engle-Author Study.

3. Watch the video in the Learning about Madeleine L'Engle box to the left.

4. Listen to the NPR podcast below.

5. Watch the A Wrinkle in Time book trailers.

6. Complete the activity below.


1. Write down on the handout what you learned about Madeleine L'Engle that you  found most interesting or surprising.  Discuss your answer with your partner.

2.  If you wrote a book and made the main character autobiographical (based on YOU!) the way L'Engle did with Meg in A Wrinkle in Time:   

  • What would you name your character?  
  • What would his/her personality be like?  Give specific traits.
  • What would his/her strengths/weaknesses be?
  • In what ways might you make him/her different or the opposite of you like L'Engle did with some of  Meg's traits in A Wrinkle in Time?  

NPR Interview Excerpt - L'Engle