A Wrinkle in Time
My fourth grade year was a difficult one for me, but the one bright light through it all was the novel A Wrinkle in Time. I identified with Meg wholeheartedly, clumsy, suspicious, lack of self-confidence, and yet she found it within her to love, to believe in others and the good in the world. Ten-year-old me needed Meg to show me that I wasn't the only one who found growing up to be difficult and that others would love me in spite of my faults; that my faults might actually prove useful to me like they proved useful for Meg.
When I found out they were making A Wrinkle int Time into a film, I felt so excited that I shared the story with my six-year-old son who is now fascinated not only with the USS Enterprise, R2D2, but also Tesseracts. (He'll end up in space or at least flying something someday, I know it.)
The movie was fantastic, the representation of the characters were actually enhanced instead of stymied by the actors who played them. Meg and Calvin, Charles Wallace and Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit, were all incredible.
The one character that surprised me the most? The Happy Medium played by Zach Galifianakis. In my head the medium had always been a woman, but Galifianakis portrayed an endearing, hilarious Happy Medium that I felt privileged to witness in the film. The director, Ava DuVernay, made incredible casting choices and artistic decisions that brought this novel to life. If you haven't seen A Wrinkle in Time, I suggest that you do.