Many Waters by Madeleine L’engle

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Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Sandy and Dennys have always been the normal, run-of-the-mill ones in the extraodinary Murry family. They garden, make an occasional A in school, and play baseball. Nothing especially interesting has happened to the twins until they accidentally interrupt their father’s experiment.

Then the two boys are thrown across time and space. They find themselves alone in the desert, where, if they believe in unicorns, they can find unicorns, and whether they believe or not, mammoths and manticores will find them.

The twins are rescued by Japheth, a man from the nearby oasis, but before he can bring them to safety, Dennys gets lost. Each boy is quickly embroiled in the conflicts of this time and place, whose populations includes winged seraphim, a few stray mythic beasts, perilous and beautiful nephilim, and small, long lived humans who consider Sandy and Dennys giants. The boys find they have more to do in the oasis than simply getting themselves home–they have to reunite an estranged father and son, but it won’t be easy, especially when the son is named Noah and he’s about to start building a boat in the desert.

GBC Review by Sofia S.

Hey GBC! This month’s book is Many Waters by Madeline L’Engle. It is the fourth part of the Time Quintet (starting with A Wrinkle in Time). Unlike the previous three, you can read this book on its own and the storyline would still make sense since the book deals with a new cast of characters. In Many Waters, the twins Sandy and Dennys are transported into the past. Very far into the past. They go so far backward in time, they end up living the story of Noah’s Ark! I love this book because it is written so it seems almost plausible that Sandy and Dennys could go back in time to live with tiny-sized people and hang out with shape-shifting, questionably corporeal creatures. I would recommend Many Waters for 12-15 year olds.

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