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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 Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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 13 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
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
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