Thursday, September 20, 2007
While I was gone to Charleston it appears that Madeleine L'engle died, she was 88. She is best known for her children's fantasy trilogy, A Wrinkle in Time, A wind at the Door and the A Swiftly Tilting Planet. She wrote numerous other books for young adults and some also for adults. Her four part Crosswicks journal series is very good. She was truly gifted and the only writer who ever wrote me back after I had written them. She will be missed.
I came to know her by reading the book a Ring of Endless Light. The heroine in the book speaks telepathically to Dolphins so you can see why I liked it. This led me to read all her other books which I loved. I truly wished I had found them as a child but alas I did not read until I was an adult. I loved her books because besides the wonderful stories she had such strong female characters. There were several books about each family and sometimes you would meet an old character in a new series. It was like having an old friend appear. I have wanted to write for young adults because of her. I made sure that Sarah had copies of the books to read while she was growing up. They are really good.