First published in 1962, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time remains a beloved classic to this day. It won the Newbery Award in 1963, and also has the honor of placing at #23 on ALA’s list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000. Wrinkle tells the story of Meg Murry, a young girl trying to find her father and later, rescue her brother while on an adventure that crosses galaxies. The book is many readers’ first introduction the ideas of science fiction, and it is a clear influence on many of the most popular science fiction books for kids and teens today.
Meg’s journey has been adapted many times, including as a graphic novel in 2012, a stage show, an opera, and a made-for-tv film in 2003. But it is Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation, premiering March 9, 2018 that is generating attention and acclaim. DuVernay, the celebrated director behind such movies as 2014’s Selma and the 2016 Netflix documentary 13th is known for her insightful looks at race in America, and her Wrinkle features an incredibly diverse and exciting cast. The Murry family is biracial in the film, with dad Chris Pine, mom Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and newcomer Storm Reid as their daughter Meg. Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who are played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, and a host of additional familiar and beloved faces round out the cast.
The film has received a lot of advanced attention. The first trailer, set to an eerie version of the Eurythmics’ song “Sweet Dreams,” set Twitter aflame with excitement, and each subsequent trailer has been equally rapturously received. Storm Reid and the trio of Mrs. Which, Whatsit, and Who were featured in a striking cover story for the December 25 Time magazine. The article begins with a letter written, but never sent, to Walt Disney asking for an adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. The letter writer, Catherine Hand, would go on to produce the movie 54 years later!
Librarians haven’t seen this kind of advanced attention for a kidlit adaptation since the last Harry Potter movie. Though patron interest in movies like Wonder was high, that film never seemed to break through the cultural zeitgeist the way this upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time already has. Holds are high on both the book and the graphic novel at our library- what kind of holds are you seeing at yours?