Swiftly Tilting Planet, A

Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry O'Keefe and her family are just sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner when her father gets a phone call from the White House about a madman's threat of nuclear war. Only an old Irish rune seems to hold a clue to averting worldwide disaster, and and when Meg's brother Charles Wallace, now fifteen, recites it, a radiant white beast--the unicorn Gaudior--appears to join him on his quest. But there are only twenty-four hours in which to stop tragedy from occurring. Can Charles Wallace, with the help of Gaudior and Meg, possibly succeed?

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Reviewed: 2018-12-26
It turns out I had read this book, previously, and forgot to review it. Disappointing!! I've always been annoyed by the name 'Branzillo'. I want to make 'll' into a 'y' sound, for one thing, and that appears to be incorrect. I almost never appreciate time travel as a plot device but this book doesn't really get into actual time travel so much as a touristy type of observing history (with a few exceptions). It's hard to get really critical with a Madeleine L'Engle book on those quibbly exceptions because she doesn't really do much by way of being scientifically accurate in the first place. You're already suspending all sense and reason, so you may as well allow the glossing over of paradoxes.
Another thought: I love kittens. I'm sure the kitten was meant to be adorable but how she details its every movement is ridiculous. It hasn't a thing to do with the story, so far as I can tell. Maybe I'm missing some deeper message but I don't feel like the mud puddle of the plot is deep enough to hide a two syllable word, much less a deeper meaning.
By all means read this if you've bothered to read the others. It's light enough, not very challenging, and it flies by. (which is sort of a pun on the whole method of time travel *wink nudge*)
Reviewed: 2018-07-20
This one, as I remember, got a little too heavy on the religious messages to me. It's been a long time. I don't really remember.
Reviewed: 2017-08-29
Book Description Meg Murry O'Keefe and her family are just sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner when her father gets a phone call from the White House about a madman's threat of nuclear war. Only an old Irish rune seems to hold a clue to averting worldwide disaster, and and when Meg's brother Charles Wallace, now fifteen, recites it, a radiant white beast--the unicorn Gaudior--appears to join him on his quest. But there are only twenty-four hours in which to stop tragedy from occurring. Can Charles Wallace, with the help of Gaudior and Meg, possibly succeed?
Reviewed: 2017-02-08
4.12
Reviewed: 2016-11-01
school-to-read
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