Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
You guys. Reading this book was a chore, and that’s a crime, because Madeleine L’Engle is such a fantastic writer. I’ve only read this once before, and I remember really disliking it before, but because I’m a completionist, blah blah blah, I had to read the whole sequence. So I read it. And here we go.
Sandy and Dennys are the least compelling members of the Murry family, and they have zero hoots to give about it. So one day when they’re in high school (we move back in time, by the way), a quest for hot chocolate in their parents’ lab (Dr. Mrs. Murry does a lot of her cooking on a Bunsen burner to keep an eye on her experiments, which is like totally the best) leads to an accidental tessera back to the antediluvian era. Sandy and Dennys, trying to figure out their place in an unfamiliar world, grapple to remember the Bible story and the implications for all the people who live there, including a compelling young woman who has grabbed their hearts.
Like I said, this story is just not that great, and it feels a lot longer than the others in the series. It’s too bad, because the rest of the series is so strong. Read this if you want to complete the Madeleine L’Engle bingo, but if you skip it, you’re not missing out on much. I will add, though, that adult Sandy and Dennys do grow up to be pretty awesome in the O’Keefe family saga. That was kind of a relief, because the younger versions of themselves are just kind of “meh.”