Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I became a fan of Medelein L’Engle in 5th grade when A Wrinkle in Time was assigned. It was only within the last couple years I discovered there was more to the series. I thought A Wing in the Door was just as wonderful as A Wrinkle in Time. However, Many Waters and A Swiftly Tilting Planet were written in a different order with a different style and voice.
Many Waters stars Sandy and Dennys—the twin middle siblings of Meg and Charles Wallace. As they are trying to fix a snack, the teenage twins go into the parents’ lab, accidentally trigger an experiment in progress, and find themselves in the pre-flood time of Noah.
While L’Engle uses an interesting perspective of Seraphim and Nephilim—the sons of God who intermingled with humans—she also deals with sex and puberty in language that is more appropriate for young adults. A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the door, and possibly A Swiftly Tilting Planet could be recommended for middle graders, but definitely not Many Waters.
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