A Wind in the Door Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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 the Paperback edition.
“Complex concepts of space and time are handled well for young readers, and the author creates a suspenseful, 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 Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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"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!
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.
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.
This was a fantastic sequel to A WRINKLE IN TIME. As usual, Meg Murry brings femininity to the group of three, along with tons of intelligence. While Calvin O'Keefe brings bravery. I was a little disappointed in the lack of Charles Wallace in this installment of the TIME QUARTET, but L'Engle makes up for it with quirky, fast-paced dialogue and adventure. A must-read for all fantasy fans.
Blajeny, a teacher, arrives to help the children as the un-namers of the universe, the Ecthroi, are back this time trying to destroy Charles Wallace's mitochondria. The farandolae limit the rate at which our mitochondria burn fuel and are being interfered with. If their number drops below significant level hydrogen can't be transported and death, results due to energy depletion. Blajeny explains that Charles Wallace is important because one person can swing the balance of the universe.
Blajeny assembles a team that includes Meg, Calvin O'Keefe, Charles Wallace's principal, Proginoskes the cherubim and Sporos a Farandolae. They have to go inside Yada the mitochondrion that was Sporos' birthplace to convince Sporos and his generation to deepen in order for him to sustain life.
This was an exciting story and very different from many I have read. Highly recommended!
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I read this book, along with the companion books "A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" to my children when they were young, and I ordered all three... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jane Esquivel
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,... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Kay
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 morePublished on Sept. 30 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 27 2003 by Jess
A Wind in the Door
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This marvelous book, written by Madeleine L'Engle, is loved by many young readers throughout the country because of its terrific... Read more
July 30, 2003
A Wind In The Door
One thing I liked about the book is that it was very exciting. Read more
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 morePublished on July 21 2003
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