I'm glad I finally got to read this literary classic. I don't really know why I never read it growing up. I had no idea what to expect and the story was unusual - a little too sci fi for my taste. I'm sure it has lots of allegories and symbols, but I enjoyed reading it just for fun. Not sure I will read the rest of the quintet anytime soon though! Summary (from Amazon): Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.
Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the "misfit" characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.