The hardest part of this list for me was trying to decide what to do with a few novels that I read as a kid that would not be among my favorite 100 to read in this exact moment, but were monumental to my love of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ultimately, I couldn’t do a top 100 list without this foundational children’s science fiction classic. Two novels on this list stand out as novels that really pushed me into becoming an avid science fiction and fantasy reader… A Wrinkle in Time is one of them. It doesn’t work for me as well as an adult as it did for me as a child, but the impact it had on my reading it has to matter for this list.
I loved reading about Meg Murry, and her quest to find her father. I remember the feelings of wonder when Mrs. Who, Which and Whatsit explained the concept of tesseract, the folding of the fabric of space and time (or wrinkle). Charles Wallace was immediately my favorite character of any character at that time. As far as faults, even as a child I found the end odd and a bit of a mess, but I loved the story nonetheless. I also enjoyed the first 3 sequels, one of which will make an appearance on this list.