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May 8 2007 Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet
Every time a star goes out, another Echthros has won a battle.

Just before Meg Murry’s little brother, Charles Wallace, falls deathly ill, he sees dragons in the vegetable garden. The dragons turn out to be Proginoskes, a cherubim composed of wings and eyes, wind and flame. It is up to Meg and Proginoskes, along with Meg’s friend Calvin, to save Charles Wallace’s life. To do so, they must travel deep within Charles Wallace to attempt to defeat the Echthroi–those who hate–and restore brilliant harmony and joy to the rhythm of creation, the song of the universe.

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"There are dragons in the twins' vegetable garden," announces six-year-old Charles Wallace Murry in the opening sentence of The Wind in the Door. His older sister, Meg, doubts it. She figures he's seen something strange, but dragons--a "dollop of dragons," a "drove of dragons," even a "drive of dragons"--seem highly unlikely. As it turns out, Charles Wallace is right about the dragons--though the sea of eyes (merry eyes, wise eyes, ferocious eyes, kitten eyes, dragon eyes, opening and closing) and wings (in constant motion) is actually a benevolent cherubim (of a singularly plural sort) named Proginoskes who has come to help save Charles Wallace from a serious illness.

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.


"The chief characters of A Wrinkle in Time return in a complex sci-fi / fantasy adventure that is both similar and superior . . . The action is precipitated by Charles Wallace's failing health and his difficulties in being accepted by other children now that he's started school. Meg and O'Keefe are enlisted again to fight evil, this time in the shapre of Echthroi ('Light snuffers. Planet darkeners. The dragons. The worms. Those who hate.'), which are spreading through the universe. Guided by their mysterious teacher Blajeny and accompanied by a myriad-eyed, multiwinged cherubim named Proginoskes, Meg, Calivn and Mr. Jenkins (the crusty, unimaginitive school principal with whom Meg ha shad difficulty in the past) must pass three ordeals in order to save Charles Wallace from the Echthroi. Once again it is love that enables Meg to overcome evil, and L'Engle reaches mystical ecstasy in describing Meg's apprehension of the beauty and unity of the universe. Complex concepts of space and time are handled well for youn greaders, and the author creates a suspensful, life-and-death drama that is believably of cosmic significance. Complex and rich in mystical religious insights, this is breathtaking entertainment." --Starred, School Library Journal
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Dec 11 2003
By A Customer
At the beginning there were two long and boring chapters, and I thought the book would not be that great after all. Then at Chapter 3, I began to sense that the book would be better. I loved the test to find the real Mr. Jenkins at Chapters 5-6, and the last few chapters were a little scary but they were the best.
"Her voice issued from her lips almost without volition, cold, calm, emotionless. 'Mr. Jenkins Three---'
He stepped forward, smiling triumphantly.
'No. You're not the real Mr. Jenkins. You're much too powerful. You'd never have to be taken away from a regional school you couldn't control and made principal of a grade school you couldn't control, either.' She looked at Mr. Jenkins One and Two.'
I absolutely loved this book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars An insane nonsensical quest Feb. 12 2012
By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Based on the high praise for L'Engle's books I bought "The Time Quintet" thinking that some day the set might make a nice gift for a young person. After reading the first two books, "A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Wind in the Door" I am astonished that so many readers are fascinated and entertained. I gave two stars to "Wrinkle" and thought that the other books would be much better but "Wind" is even worse. Much of this book is insanely nonsensical, like a hideous psychedelic trip.

What a fiction reader enjoys is participating in "the moment," catching the mood, mentally visualizing the characters and the setting, vicariously identifying with the characters, going with the flow of the dialogue and action. I think "Wind" fails miserably to satisfy most of these elements in the reader's experience. I was determined to finish the book but my patience was tested to the limit. After completing it I went back and decided that for one hundred pages (139-232) I could just as well have only scanned the pages, reading a few sentences on each page. Here Meg experiences a virtual cosmic reality, being inside her sick brother Charles Wallace. There she interacts with various good and evil spectral entities as well as delusional representations of a real person (Jenkins). She also makes extrasensory forays back to reality while ensconced in Charles. In the end her brother gets cured--I say: "Who cares how?" Who can honestly keep track of what is happening without making analytical notes? Who can enjoy doing so? Are children able to sort through the confusion and cheer on Meg, the heroine? Reviews show that many do. Good for them! Literature offers something for every taste.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing Sept. 15 1999
By A Customer
I didn't like "A Wrinkle in Time" much but I thought I would give this book a chance. I found it much worse. I really disliked all the pseudo-science, and the scenarios described almost felt psychodelic to me. Also I don't like how the Murray parents are double Ph.D.s and Mrs. (or Dr.) Murray a Nobel Prize contender - all these terms "Nobel Prize", "Ph.D." to me felt like were thrown into the story to add some kind of believability to it which felt really bogus to me. And incidentally, cooking food in a biology lab with a million harmful substances nearby, is something no true scientist would do. I guess it was a cute thing thrown in there but for me it just added to the general pseudoscience feeling. Plotwise, I found Meg rather annoying, and the whole Namer/UnNaming stuff felt super fake. I realize that this is a book for young adults and shouldn't really expect intense character development but I've read other books for young adults that I still find amazing at my age (26) and it practically killed me trying to get through this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not My Type of Literature April 22 2004
By Rocky
(...)BR>What I could get out of the book was that the star charcater Charles Wallace was sick, badly ill, and his sister, Meg, is really worried for him, and makes it clear she would do anything to help him get better. Then, the one thing I liked most of this book, the plot immediatley comes to play as Charles takes Meg out into a field near their home and tells her there are 'a drive of dragons' somewhere. But at first Meg doesn't see anything. But later on she actually sees this 'drive of dragons' is truly a creature named Progo(well the name's longer than that but this is what Meg calls him throughout the story.) He's a science-fiction masterpiece with many wings and eyes. This creature sparks a journey that involves Meg, her supposed boyfriend named Calvin, and Progo itself as they are assigned to help save Charles from fatally evil beings called the Echthroi, who want to destroy Charles, as well as the world itself.
This book just wasn't my type of literature, but I didn't hate it. I just wasn't into the novel; I didn't feel any sort of connection like you should in a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wind in the Door by Madelline L'Engle March 18 2004
By Kay
A Wind in the Door, by Madeline L'Engle, is an extremely moving and exciting book. In this sequel to A Wrinkle in Time, Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace team up with snakes, teachers, mitochondria, and a Cherubum called Progo. It all starts one blustery day when Charles Wallace claims to have seen a drove of dragons in the twin's vegetable garden. Meg and Calvin then learn that Charles Wallace could have an extremely deadly condition: his mitochondria are dying. Charles Wallace is in danger of being X-ed.
This book sucks you in and won't let go until you have felt all of the emotion running rampant throughout. The story teaches the fact that amount doesn't matter, everything has a name, and it also teaches true, unconditional love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Sequel to A Wrinkle In Time
When six-year-old Charles Wallace begins telling his older sister, Meg Murry, that there are dragons in the garden, she immediately begins to worry. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Erika Sorocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Another world
What if you knew of a world inside of you. A world so small that it was impossible to sense even with the most powerful microscope. Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as the First
The second in L'Engle's Time quartet, this one is just as wonderful as the first! The main characters (Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin) set out on another mission with the help of... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003 by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Bio-Adventure
This is a sequel to A Wrinkle In Time. Charles Wallace is now in the first grade where his peculiarities have caused him to be singled out by the other boys who beat him daily. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2003 by Kelly Steed
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wind in the Door, A Book Review
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By: Nolen Elam
This marvelous book, written by Madeleine L'Engle, is loved by many young readers throughout the country because of its terrific... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wind In The Door Review
Jared Christianson
July 30, 2003
7th Grade
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One thing I liked about the book is that it was very exciting. Read more
Published on July 30 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and Magical
A Wind in the Door is very nicely written. Madeleine L'Engle has an amazing touch. It is reasonably paced and takes the reader through an exciting adventure. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by "aphro_ditecool"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wind in the Door, by Alex Raskin
I enjoyed almost all of the book because it was exciting and it was written quite well. I also enjoyed the story because it was set up in such a weird way. Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by Michele Scheiner MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey into human possibility, for adults too
I have read this beautiful book with my three daughters, and I have reread it for my own education and delight. Read more
Published on April 14 2003 by Robert Moss
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