Hokey? Yes. Stiffly unrealistic dialogue? Yes. Unbelievable characters? Yes. Credulity-straining plot? Yes. Annoying spelling of Poly? Yes.Is it a wonderful book that transcends all the limitations? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Again, it's the joy L'Engle evokes that hooks me. Her world, at base, makes sense and is full of strong, moral, and unabashedly joyful characters.