Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of a Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of a Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

This middle-grade biography explores the life and works of Madeleine L'Engle --written by her granddaughters--coming just in time for the all-new A Wrinkle in Time film, directed by Ava DuVernay. This elegant and insightful biography of Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Lena Roy. Using never-before-seen archival mat This middle-grade biography explores the life and works of Madeleine L'Engle --written by her granddaughters--coming ...

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Title:Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of a Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters
Author:Charlotte Jones Voiklis
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:0374307644
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:163 pages pages

Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of a Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Mar 05, 2018
    Highly recommended to all fans of Madeleine L'Engle's books, to young people who have specific goals, especially if they want to be writers or artists or have aspirations to succeed in a particular field or endeavor. This book is a gift to fans of her books. Children and teens who have...
  • Dotty
    Mar 08, 2018
    I loved reading about Madeleine as a writer. You can tell the writers knew her well and adored her, but at the same time they shared the struggles, the strengths, the joys and the warts of L'Engle. Anyone who is a writer, has an interest in writing would enjoy this book as well as anyo...
  • Laurie
    Aug 21, 2018
    Having lunch with Madeleine L'Engle when I was 21 was the highlight of my literary experience. I've heard her speak and read many of her books. Because of the many connections I had with Madeleine through college and beyond, I thoroughly enjoyed this simple biography. It gave me insigh...
  • Rachel
    Feb 23, 2018
    Filled with pictures and journal entries and correspondence to and from Madeleine L?Engle, BECOMING MADELEINE gives readers an intimate peek at this award-winning author?s life. It has just the right amount of depth to make the read substantial and interesting without being weighty...
  • Erin
    Aug 13, 2018
    A valentine of a book to the authors? grandmother. It is not the book I thought it would be, which is a recollection of their life with the famous writer, but instead is a straightforward biography culled from her letters and journals. This would be an excellent resource for a young ...
  • Laurie
    Feb 10, 2018
    This middle-grade biography of Madeleine L'Engle, written by her granddaughters, included lots of photos and excerpts from Madeleine's own journals and letters. It ends with the publication of A Wrinkle in Time instead of with her death, which seemed a little premature -- or maybe I ju...
  • Laura
    Apr 03, 2018
    I admitted to my husband one day that I was embarrassed to say I wanted to be a writer. It felt presumptuous that I could aspire to join such lofty ranks of men and women. He reminded me, as he does so well, that writers only seemed that way because I admired them so much. Writers are ...
  • Sarah
    Feb 05, 2018
    This is one I shall cherish for a very long time. When I was in the fifth grade my mother was privileged enough to hear Madeleine L'Engle speak at a church event. She brought back an autographed copy of A Wrinkle in Time. Last night, after finishing this new biography for youth, I open...
  • Marti
    Mar 16, 2018
    I am so glad I found out about this book. Madeleine L'Engle is one of the two authors who have had the most positive effect on my life - the other being Barbara Kingsolver. Two very different writers but both deeply thoughtful. This book filled me in on many of the fact of the history ...
  • Barbara
    Jun 10, 2018
    Fans of Madeleine L'Engle's classic A Wrinkle in Time will surely want to read this biography written by her granddaughters. But even if someone isn't a fan of that book or her other work, there is much material here that will inspire middle grade readers, its intended audience, to con...
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    Feb 28, 2018
    I was honored to be able to interview Charlotte and Lena at a Book Event to celebrate Becoming Madeleine and their relationship with their grandmother. ...
  • H
    Jul 25, 2018
    This biography follows L'Engle's life from her childhood through to the acceptance of A Wrinkle in Time for publication. Relying heavily on pages from her journal, which are reproduced, the book follows Madeleine as she develops from an awkward, shy outsider of a child, to an actress, ...
  • Caren
    Jun 28, 2018
    I read some of Madeleine L'Engle's early books (Meet the Austins, The Moon by Night, A Wrinkle in Time) when I was young and the books were fairly new. Later, I revisited her work in more depth while I was in library school. Her books always intrigued me. So, it was with great pleasure...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 17, 2018
    This was a very interesting biography of a beloved author, and any fans of L'Engle's work will zip through this. Lots of excellent family photos and stories of her life. I am buying a copy of this for a friend, but think I will pass on buying it for my library. There's a little bit...
  • Rondi Olson
    Apr 15, 2018
    Excellent biography of Madeleine L'Engle written by her granddaughters. For the middle-grade audience and a quick read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Begins with information about her parents and ends with A Wrinkle in Time being accepted for publication. A must-read for lovers of A ...
  • Bethany
    Mar 10, 2018
    I saw this on a display at my library and had to grab it! As a teen I went through a big Madeleine L'Engle phase and, with the release of the Wrinkle in Time film, I was really curious to know more about her life. This is a short biography written by her grand-daughters and the target ...
  • Joan
    Feb 12, 2018
    Likely more of a 3.5 than a 4 star rating. It is nicely written, with all primary source material, naturally. It seems mostly based on research the granddaughters did through her voluminous journals, and on conversations with their grandmother, many from when the authors were still kid...
  • Elizabeth Roberts-Zibbel
    Apr 12, 2018
    I?m surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did, since it was written for young adults by the deceased author?s granddaughters. Madeline L?Engle wrote A Wrinkle In Time as well as many, many other books about the Murry-O?Keefes (science fiction/ fantasy) and the Austins...
  • Gwen
    Feb 26, 2018
    A perfectly nice middle-grade biography of Madeleine L'Engle. Jones Voiklis and Roy have captured their grandmother's voice through letters and journal entries, with plenty of photos and other documentary evidence. (I particularly enjoyed the report cards from L'Engle's stint at Swiss ...
  • Emily
    Jul 23, 2018
    This review is a bit difficult for me because I've read other books about her life (including her autobiographical CIRCLE OF QUIET books) and I have a bad memory so I can't really remember the details of anything clearly. BECOMING MADELEINE is written at a middle-school level and p...
  • Steven R. McEvoy
    Feb 20, 2018
    I was introduced to the works of Madeleine L'Engle in the fall of 1995, as the age of 25 I was a little older to be discovering the woman and her works. But within three years I would have read 33 of her books. Reading all the local library had, and any I could get through interlibrary...
  • Emily
    Apr 01, 2018
    Insightful biography of author Madeleine L'Engle that explores her early life leading up to the publication of A Wrinkle in Time. I really enjoyed "meeting" Madeleine and reading through her life. This was written for an upper middle grade audience, and told the story well, using excer...
  • Tracy
    Feb 07, 2018
    More of a 4.5. This is beautifully laid out for book report or biography writers in middle grades, the inclusion of the pictures and photos of documents is wonderful. I think it's a touch dry but really lays out Madeleine's early life. What a lovely tribute from these girls, and I than...
  • Mary Kenyon
    Feb 11, 2018
    Wonderful biography for all ages, not just the middle-school category. See my full review here: https://marypotterkenyon.wordpress.co... ...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 02, 2018
    A lovely biography of Madeleine L'Engle written by her granddaughters. The style is neat and simple (the book is intended to be appropriate for child readers as well as adults), and tracks Madeleine's life into her forties, when she finally sold A Wrinkle in Time to a publisher (it was...
  • Jenny
    Apr 22, 2018
    Since Madeleine L?Engle is my favorite author, I was excited to read this biography, even though it is designed for a younger audience. I was very glad to see new pictures I had not seen before and especially of significant places which served as the backdrop for her writing. Even th...
  • Caitlin Magness
    Sep 14, 2018
    This is a lovely little book. I wish the authors had written more about their grandmother's faith, as it clearly played a major role in her life and writing, and that they had touched on her later works. Overall, a great glimpse into the life and mind of a great writer. ...
  • Tirzah Eleora
    May 09, 2018
    I may have enjoyed this more if I had some familiarity with Madeleine L?Engle?s books, but I do hope that when I get around to trying her works they are more engagingly penned than this biography is. A good biography ought to make the reader feel as though she?s received a person...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    May 24, 2018
    When the name Madeleine L'Engle is mentioned, most people think of the children's book, A WRINKLE IN TIME. But this well-known writer is the author of many children's books, as well as other literary works. Madeleine wrote plays and poems and stories for adults, and penned stories for ...
  • Steve Lionel
    Mar 16, 2018
    Having loved Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels when I was young, and having recently seen the movie, I was interested in learning more about the author. Becoming Madeleine is a rich biography written by her granddaughters, sourced largely based on L'Engle's journals...