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A Wind in the Door (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) Paperback – Unabridged, May 1, 2007
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In her usual masterful way, Madeleine L'Engle jumps seamlessly from a child's world of liverwurst and cream cheese sandwiches to deeply sinister, cosmic battles between good and evil. Children will revel in the delectably chilling details--including hideous scenes in which a school principal named Mr. Jenkins is impersonated by the Echthroi (the evil forces that tear skies, snuff out light, and darken planets). When it becomes clear that the Echthroi are putting Charles Wallace in danger, the only logical course of action is for Meg and her dear friend Calvin O'Keefe to become small enough to go inside Charles Wallace's body--into one of his mitochondria--to see what's going wrong with his farandolae. In an illuminating flash on the interconnectedness of all things and the relativity of size, we realize that the tiniest problem can have mammoth, even intergalactic ramifications. Can this intrepid group voyage through time and space and muster all their strength of character to save Charles Wallace? It's an exhilarating, enlightening, suspenseful journey that no child should miss.
The other books of the Time quartet, continuing the adventures of the Murry family, are A Wrinkle in Time; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which won the American Book Award; and Many Waters. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"The Wind in the Door" is as good as its predecessor "A Wrinkle in Time." Although connected, this book can be read alone. The people and creatures are both loveable and loathsome. Meg's character is great, and her family is just quirky enough that we fall in love with them. This time, it's her brother Charles Wallace who is in grave danger. Only as Meg and others enter his body as miniscule entities can they fight the enemies that threaten to kill him. We discover that Echthroi are fallen angels/demons, intent on destroying the universe, and we also find a cherubim named Proginoskes who is there to help Meg and her friend Calvin in the spiritual battle.
Mixing elements of "The Fantastic Voyage" and "Innerspace" with elements of "This Present Darkness," L'Engle gives us a story that somehow has application in myriad ways. It's a story of spiritual deliverance, of math and time debates, of character maturity, even of a young girl learning to love her unloveable school principle. All this in 203 pages.
This is one of the best bargains going. No wonder these books are still around after thirty years; "The Time Quartet" stands the test of time.
How is it possible for a human being to enter a human body, you may ask, as did the still-irritable, yet still-lovable, Meg Murry. In a special class that teaches universal truths, rather than the imports and exports of Nicaragua, Meg, Calvin, Mr. Jenkins, and the also-human readers will meet a cherubim who has memorized the names of the stars . . . speak to a farandola inside one of Charles Wallace's cells . . . watch the birth of a star "small" enough to hold in a human hand . . . and ultimately learn that size, number, order, and anything that can be measured does not matter.
What do matter are names, for "He knows them all by name" . . . even the little stars so far away from inhabited planets that only those who see without eyes know their names. The loss of a star is no more and no less tragic to the Universe than the death of a young boy. Everything we does matters. Everything we touch sends ripples into the cosmos--the cosmos within and the cosmos without. This time, the mission is to save Charles Wallace's life. Annihilators called the Echthroi want to X him, as they want to X everything else in the Universe. As the book's characters were bound to fight them in the story, we are bound to fight them in real life. This is adventure on a grand scale!Read more ›
Making zippo references to any of the plot points in "A Wrinkle In Time" (with the exception of an oblique mention of Earth as a shadowed planet and some brief background on Meg's relationship with Calvin), we once again meet our oh-so normal protagonist Meg Murry. She dotes on her little brother Charles Wallace quite a bit, but when he suddenly makes an announcement one day that there are dragons in the garden she's reasonably confused. Meg's had a lot on her mind lately too. There's the fact that Charles has been getting beaten up regularly at school and he's been strangely ill as well. As it turns out, Charles Wallace's condition is cause for concern on a particularly cosmic scale. Before she knows it, Meg has joined forces with a cherubim (a particularly Revelation-like creature made of all eyes and wings), a snake, a man from another world, her beloved boyfriend Calvin, and (most strangely) her former elementary school principal Mr. Jenkins. Together, this motley crew must do battle in the cells of Charles Wallace's very mitochondria, fighting against the evil Echthroi (a kind of fallen angels).Read more ›
A WIND IN THE DOOR, although labeled Children's Fiction, should be read by both children and adults. The conflict arises when Charles Wallace sees a drove of dragons by the twins' garden. Of course its not dragons, but it is indeed something. Whereas TIME did experiments on the theme of time, WIND goes the other way and instead concentrates on Size. Of course, the central character again is Meg, with the help of Calvin and Mr. Jenkins and two other characters, Proginoskes and Sporos. Who are the last two? Read and find out -- but both will take your imaginiation where its never been before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book just makes you want to cry because it just makes you feel so warm inside. Meg Is so sweet to her little Charles Wallace and he is so sweet to his Megling.Published 28 days ago by kelly Wilson
A classic, I am thrilled to be reading this 30+ years later.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you enjoyed AWRINKLE in Time, you'll love A Wind in the Door and all of Madeline L'Engle's books.Published 2 months ago by Terri W. Eschmann
Given that this is the second book in a series, I expected some sort of...plot continuation? Or at least acknowledgement of the events of the previous book? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dione Basseri
The author eloquently describes the battle between good and evil. As she draws the reader in, the readers goes on the roller coaster ride with the characters in the story, while at... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tamra Gauthier
For factual content and summary, see the other reviews, to which I can add nothing new. I first read this as a teen, over thirty years ago. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ronfactor