Here's an NPR story about the book, and here is one of my favorite L'Engle quotes:
"You have to write the book that wants to be written.
And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups,
then you write it for children."
Rebecca Stead, author of the excellent When You Reach Me, gets it. In the NPR article, she says:
"A Wrinkle in Time also asks these huge questions, really, about the universe, and good and evil, and the power of love, and all of this crazy science and complex ideas. It assumes that kids are able to think about all that stuff. I think that a lot of people forget that, or never realize it, but a children's book is really the best place to ask big questions. Our worlds get smaller as we get older," Stead says.
Here's a quick round-up of my past L'Engle posts:
Anne-with-an-e's review (written when she was 14) of A Ring of Endless Light.
Some great L'Engle quotes.
(Updated to note: I fixed the quote link and it should take you to the right location now. And, here's a link to every post in which I ever mentioned Madeleine L'Engle!)
My fangirl moment with Madeleine L'Engle.
And, from an online writing pal, Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, here's a great interview from June, 2000 that ran in St. Anthony Messenger magazine.
*Ramona looked over my shoulder and said, "Wow, Mommy, you're older than A Wrinkle in Time." I said, "Yeah, honey, thanks for pointing that out," and she replied, "No problem. It's what I do best."