I read this book in 2007 but it was a old book (1960s I believe) and it was about these kids who met these 3 old ladies with names like "What" ,"Who" and another one. They find out their father is on a planet and use a tesseract to teleport there. They find out he is trapped on this world with the "Thing" and that "Thing" was slowly overtaking every planet and Earth was getting close to being taken over. I would really like to know the title and any help is nice. Even if you don't really think it matches a title would be appreciated.


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Are you thinking of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle?

Book cover

It follows Meg Murry, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe who are transported via tesseract by Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which.

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    Beat me to it, one of my faves from when I was a kid.
    – Seeds
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 16:51
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    Begins with the famous bit of purple prose, "It was a dark and stormy night ..." :)
    – Sean
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 18:29
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    @WayneWerner Just off the question title I immediately thought of A Wrinkle in Time. The tesseract is one of the main plot elements in the book.
    – JAB
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 19:35
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    IIRC, the Mesdames Who, Which, and Whatsit all used to be stars. Like the giant balls of burning gas: stars. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 20:15
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    @EngineerToast - Actually, while that is probably true, we only actually know for a fact that Mrs. Whatsit is a former star. The rest are assumed to be by association. They are all angels. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 20:48

This is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.

It's the first of a series called Time Quintet:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
  2. A Wind in the Door (1973)
  3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978)
  4. Many Waters (1986)
  5. An Acceptable Time (1989)
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    Alas, when I read it there were only two.
    – Seeds
    Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 18:45