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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (May 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739350137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739350133
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 15.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,977,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 11 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By Sverre Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2012
Format: Paperback
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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By Rocky on April 22 2004
Format: Paperback
(...)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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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. It's bad enough that he is being beaten up at school everyday, thanks to his extreme intelligence, and that he is seriously ill with some strange disease, and now this. But Meg soon finds out that Charles Wallace is right. There are dragons in the garden. Dragons who have come to help Charles Wallace fight his sickness, before it's too late, and to take Meg, and her great friend, Calvin O'Keefe, on a most terrifying, yet at the same time, wonderful journey into space, where they must battle evil to save Charles Wallace's life, and their own.
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.
Erika Sorocco
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By Kelly Steed on Aug. 15 2003
Format: Paperback
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. He's also very ill.
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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