I’m currently rereading Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quartet for like the five millionth time. Well, not the fourth one, Many Waters. That came later, and I’ve only read it a few times. But the first three, A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet were some of my all-time favorite childhood books. And the great thing about them is they are timeless. Sure, I read them a lot more quickly now, but they still resonate as very powerful, emotional stories.
The same is true of all her fiction that I’ve read, for young and old. She manages to cut right to the heart of people and life. And even though some of her books take place in a slightly older time, they don’t feel dated. They just feel true.