Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle

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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.


About Madeleine L'Engle

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MADELEINE L’ENGLE (1918-2007) wrote more than 45 books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award, and the Austin family series. L’Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
Published April 1, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 332 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Sandy and Dennys, twins and middle children in the Newbery-winning A Wrinkle in Time, are transported to the time just before the Flood.

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It is not a quick read, but the fourth Time Quartet novel is just as fulfilling when read in small increments as large chunks, and does not need to be read after the first three novels.

Jun 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Many Waters

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It was too much historical fantasy and too little science fiction to please me and, while I often like historical fantasy, the hot and violent desert world of Noah’s time just isn’t much fun.

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