What rocked your world at age 8?

Madeleine L’Engle, who in writing more than 60 books, including childhood fables, religious meditations and science fiction, weaved emotional tapestries transcending genre and generation, died Thursday in Connecticut. She was 88.

Madeleine L’Engle, Children’s Writer, Is Dead – New York Times

The book I can really mark as my first favorite as a younger person was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It won the John Newbery Award as the best children’s book of 1963. I was eight. The passing of this author who wrote about the planet controled by the Dark Thing brings sorrow. Not because I knew her well or that I read every book that she wrote, but because her story has held such an important place in my mind. This looks a bit like the cover I remember as a child. The covers of the more current editions are just too sweet.

What are known as the Quartet : A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind at the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters are great reads. I think now as a homage its time for another read. What a joy to know that the imagination of this writer who rocked my world can be visited again, and again, and again.

A Wrinkle in Time continues to sell 15,000 copies a year.

What rocked your world at age 8?

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