Gregor the Overlander and A Wrinkle in Time: Father Lost, Father Found
- Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures
- The Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg
- Volume 7, Issue 2, Winter 2015
- pp. 65-85
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This paper argues that Suzanne Collins’s book Gregor the Overlander rewrites Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, including the significant character of the father who has been missing from his child’s life for two years for the sake of science. The effect of this rewriting is in effect a secularizing and updating of L’Engle’s classic for children. Because L’Engle’s book is a Christian text whereas Collins’s is not, the former is more interested in myth, the latter in history, and both in considering warfare (as each father character is a prisoner of war) and in writing about science itself.