Getting to know Madeleine L’Engle and the Kairos books

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 On Monday we pondered over a passage.  sample

“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.”
― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind in the Door

A Wind in the Door is the second book in the First-generation Kairos series

Did you know that “Kairos” is a Greek word for non-chronological time, those special moments when a child is at play or artists are absorbed in their work, when time seems suspended.

On Tuesday we shared a brief synopsis of A Wrinkle in Time.

ibg.common.titledetail.imageloaderA Wrinkle in Time is the first book among the Kairos books. It is a science fiction novel geared towards Young Adults. It tells the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. At the beginning of the book, Meg is a homely, awkward, but loving girl, troubled by personal insecurities and her concern for her father, who has been missing for over a year.

For Wednesday we had a little trivia.

fenêtreIn the second book of the Kairos series, Charles sees something in their back yard which leads to him, Meg and Calvin partaking in yet another daring adventure. What did Charles see in the back yard?

A. Leprechauns
B. Little Green Men
C. Dragons
D. Mr. Murry

The correct answer was C. Dragons

On Thursday we heard the thoughts of Madeleine L’Engle.

Madeleine L’Engle’s advice for aspiring writers:

Madeleine-LEngle“I would give the same advice to writers of any age – and that’s keep an honest, unpublishable journal that you don’t show to anyone. You dump things into it – it’s your private garbage can. Also, you have to read to be a writer. You have to write every day – not necessarily in your journal. But you have to do it every day. It’s like practicing a musical instrument – you have to practice and stick with it. I love every bit of it. I love getting the ideas, and I live with the ideas for a long time before I write them – I may write two or three other books while thinking about an idea. And I love sitting down to work at the computer and just starting.”

Friday we talked about A Wrinkle in Time used for teaching.

Did you know that teachers not only use “A Wrinkle in Time” for Language Arts but they also use it to help explain things in physics such as the 4th dimension. In the story, Mrs Who and Charles Wallace explain to Meg that they will be traveling by “wrinkling time” through a tesseract and that the fifth dimension’s a tesseract. You add that to the other four dimensions and you can travel through space without having to go the long way around.

Saturday we talked about the the Kairos books.

The Kairos books are divided into two series which follow the adventures of the families of husband and wife, Calvin O’Keefe and Meg Murry. A Wrinkle in Time, the first book published in the series, won a Newbery Award and is ranked as one of the “Teachers” Top 100 Books for Children.


Sunday we announced the next author we’ll be looking at.

The Kairos books and other books written by Gene Madeleine L’Engle is available for purchase at Thanks for tuning in! Up next we’ll be taking we’ll be discussing author Max Brooks and The Zombie Survival Guide.


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