040507_lengle_huhmediumMadeleine L'Engle, author of "A Wrinkle in Time," among other classic children's books, passed away today at 88 in her Connecticut home. Others will write glowing appreciations of her work in the days ahead. We can, however, relate this story:

In a previous career, we attended a national teacher's convention for our then employer, a certain children's book publisher that, after our time, sold the American editions of a popular British series about a boy wizard and his precocious pals. The company had arranged for Ms. L'Engle to sign copies of her books at our booth one afternoon during the event, but she was running more than an hour late. We were told that rainstorms in New York had delayed her flight. When she finally arrived, wearing a necklace covered with chunky, oversize charms and medallions, she graciously apologized for having been held up by the storms. To which we responded, "Wow, I thought you'd have been able to control the weather with that necklace!" Fortunately, she smiled, and signed a copy of "A Wrinkle in Time" for us, writing, "Tesser Well! - Madeleine L'Engle."



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