Madeleine L'Engle

1918 - 2007

(1990 Kerlan Award)


The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library.


L'Engle, Madeleine. (1983). And both were young. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC L566A

Philippa is miserable at an all girls' boarding school in Switzerland until she forms a supportive friendship with the mysterious Paul.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1980). The anti-muffins. (Illustrated by Gloria Ortiz). New York : Pilgrim Press. INTR-FIC L566AN

John Austin calls a meeting of the Anti-Muffin club after little Maggy distinguishes herself in a spectacular Sunday School brawl.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1965). The arm of the starfish. New York : Ariel Books. INTR-FIC L566AR

A marine biology student reporting to his summer job on an island off Portugal finds himself at the center of a power struggle between his boss and another group of Americans.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1981, c1965). Camilla : a novel. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC L566CA

Fifteen-year-old Camilla gains new maturity through her relationship with her best friend's brother and the growing realization that her parents are fallible individuals.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1969). Dance in the desert. (Pictures by Symeon Shimin). New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux. INTR-FIC L566D

Describes an encounter in the desert when the animals came to a caravan campfire and danced with a child on a night when nobody was afraid.

L'Engle, Madeline. (1967). The journey with Jonah. (Illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 812 L5664j

A dramatization of the Biblical story of Jonah, unwilling prophet to Nineveh, who spent three days in the belly of a whale and learned a lesson of compassion from a withering vine.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1986). Many waters. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. INTR-FIC L566MA

The fifteen-year-old Murry twins, Sandy and Dennys, are accidentally sent back to a strange Biblical time period, in which mythical beasts roam the desert and a man named Noah is building a boat in preparation for a great flood.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1960). Meet the Austins. New York : Vanguard Press. INTR-FIC L566ME

The life of the Austin family is changed by the arrival of self-centered young Maggy Hamilton, orphaned by the sudden death of her pilot father.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1963). The moon by night. New York : Ariel Books. INTR-FIC L566MO

Vicky Austin is unhappy at the prospect of leaving her Connecticut home to move to an apartment in New York City. To cushion the change her parents take the whole family on a trip to California, through many of the national parks.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1980). A ring of endless light. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. INTR-FIC L566RI

During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1982). The Sphinx at dawn : two stories. (Wood engravings by Vivian Berger). New York : Seabury Press. INTR-FIC L566SP

Young Yehoshuah demonstrates he is a special child, destined for greatness.

L'Engle, Madeline. (1974). The summer of the great grandmother. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 813 L566s

This book is about the problems, crises, frustrations, and guilt engendered by the author's ninety-year-old mother's rapid slide into senility

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1978). A swiftly tilting planet. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC L566S

The youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who would destroy the entire universe.

L’Engle, Madeleine, & Brooke, Avery. (1985). Trailing clouds of glory : spiritual values in children’s literature. Philadelphia : Westminister Press. 809 L566t

Acclaimed as a novelist, beloved as a children’s writer, inspiring as an essayist and poet, Madeleine L’Engle has now focused her creative eye on literature for and about boys and girls. She shows us, not subjects, but spiritual themes.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1964). The twenty-four days before Christmas. New York : Ariel Books. INTR-FIC L566TW

Seven-year-old Vicky Austin recounts the events of the twenty-four days before Christmas, as she prepares for her role as an angel in the Christmas Pageant and prays that her mother will not be in the hospital for Christmas having a new baby.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1973). A wind in the door. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC L566v

With Meg Murry's help, the dragons her six-year-old brother saw in the vegetable garden play an important art in his struggle between life and death.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1962). A wrinkle in time. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC L566W

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

L’Engle, Madeleine. (1966, c1962). A wrinkle in time [audiobook]. Old Greenwich, CT : Listening Library. Audiobook PS3523.E55 W73 2012

When an atomic physicist disappears on a secret mission, his son, daughter and their friend search for him, going on an interplanetary journey through time and space.

L'Engle, Madeleine. (1968). The young unicorns. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. INTR-FIC L566Y

A seventeen-year-old boy, former member of a tough New York gang, a blind and talented twelve-year-old musician, the Austin family, and Canon Tallis are among the key characters who become involved in a frightening and evil scheme relying on the ability of a refined laser to give complete power over people's minds.

Author Information

Berman, R. (2001). Madeleine L'Engle. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 133-145). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Gifts of Speech - Madeleine L'Engle (Acceptance speech on receiving the Margaret Edwards Award)

Madeleine L'Engle Web Site

Madeleine L'Engle 1918-2007 (Madeleine L'Engle Camp, Medeleine Franklin, Madeleine L'Engle Franklin, Madeleine L'Engle Camp Franklin, Madeleine Camp Franklin L'Engle.) (2008). In Something about the author (Vol. 186, pp. 133-134). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

L'Engle, Madeleine (Camp Franklin) (1918- ). (2002). In Something about the author (Vol. 128, pp. 148-152). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

L'Engle, Madeleine (Camp Franklin) 1918- . (1994). In Something about the author (Vol. 75, pp. 114-121). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

L'Engle, Madeleine 1918- . (1982). In Something about the author (Vol. 27, pp. 131-140). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

L'Engle, Madeleine 1918- . (1971). In Something about the author (Vol. 1, pp. 141-142). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 199, 1971- 2009

Madeleine L'Engle, 1918- . (1993). In Something about the author autobiography series (Vol. 15, pp. 187-200). Detroit: Gale. Online Something about the Author database.


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