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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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Sequel to A Wrinkle In Time Nov. 26 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bio-Adventure Aug. 15 2003
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wind in the Door, A Book Review Aug. 13 2003
By A Customer
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 combinations of elements, like combining science fiction with reality drama. An example of this book's ability to combine elements of science fiction and reality drama is displayed when a normal girl and her friends are plunged into an epic space battle inside of little Charles Wallace's mitochondria. Meg, her school teacher, Mr. Jenkins, her friend, Calvin, and her Cheribum companion, Proginoskes, must help Sporos, one of Charles Wallace's forandolae, and the rest of Charles Wallace's farandolae Deepen to save the young boy's life. For the forandolae to Deepen they must set themselves apart from the other young forandolae and become stationary sages within Charles Wallace's body.
Personally, I liked this novel a lot more than some of the other books that I read this summer. I preferred reading A Wind in the Door versus Fifth Chinese Daughter because A Wind in the Door expands your imagination because of its science fiction qualities, like its introduction of new names and new ideas. Fifth Chinese Daughter is a great book, but I prefer the adventures of Madeleine L'Engle's collection of novels. This is in fact one of the best books that I have ever read. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in science fiction because I would really like to share this great piece of literature with others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, they are a fascinating and child friendly ...
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 more
Published 8 days ago by Jane Esquivel
2.0 out of 5 stars An insane nonsensical quest
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2012 by S Svendsen
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wind in the Door by Madelline L'Engle
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 more
Published on March 18 2004 by Kay
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wind In The Door Review
Jared Christianson
July 30, 2003
7th Grade
A Wind In The Door
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
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