The story begins in the Murry household, but soon leaps back in time to ancient Wales where Charles Wallace must begin piecing together...

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Literary Qualities

L'Engle is concerned with the mythical—and what she sees as the very real—conflict between the forces of good and evil. Unlike the...

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Social Sensitivity

A Swiftly Tilting Planet is a Christian novel, but one that does not promote one denomination or theology. L'Engle is interested in...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Bloom, Harold, ed. Women Writers of Children’s Literature. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1998.

Chase, Carole F. Suncatcher: A Study of Madeleine L’Engle and Her Writing. Philadelphia: Innisfree Press, 1998.

Hein, Rolland. Christian Mythmakers: C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, J. R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, Dante Alighieri, John Bunyan, Walter Wangerin, Robert Siegel, and Hannah Hurnard. Chicago: Cornerstone Press, 2002.

Hettinga, Donald R. Presenting Madeleine L’Engle. New York: Twayne, 1993.


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Topics for Discussion

1. Why would L'Engle choose to have the story take place on Thanksgiving?

2. What does the unicorn Gaudior mean in chapter 3 when...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. L'Engle characterizes herself as a Christian writer, yet her book does not talk about the Bible or about the teachings of Christianity....

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Related Titles / Adaptations

A Swiftly Tilting Planet is the third in a series of books referred to as the Time Series: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the...

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For Further Reference

L'Engle, Madeleine. Trailing Clouds of Glory: Spiritual Values in Children's Books. Louisville, KY: Westminster, 1985. Discusses the...

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