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A Wind in the Door

A Wind in the Door

(Book #2 in the Wrinkle in Time Quintet series)

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Book Overview: A Wind in the Door

A "Wind In The Door" is a fantastic adventure story involving Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe, the chief characters of "A Wrinkle In Time." The seed from which the story grows is the rather ordinary situation of Charles Wallace's having difficulty in adapting to school. He is extremely bright, so much so that he gets punched around a lot for being "different." He is also strangely, seriously ill (mitochondritis -- the destruction of farandolae, minute creature of the mitochondria in the blood). Determined to help Charles Wallace in school, Meg pays a visit to his principal, Mr. Jenkins, a dry, cold man with whom Meg herself has had unfortunate run-ins. The interview with Mr. Jenkins goes badly and Meg worriedly returns home to find Charles Wallace waiting for her. "There are, " he announces, "dragons in the twins' vegetable garden. Or there were. They've moved to the north pasture now."

Dragons ? Not really, but an entity, a being stranger by far than dragons; and the encounter with this alien creature is only the first step that leads Meg, Calvin, and Mr. Jenkins out into galactic space, and then into the unimaginably small world of a mitochondrion. And, at last, safely, triumphantly, home.

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"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

Madeleine L'Engle was an American author best known for her critically acclaimed young adult fiction, particularly her science fantasy series 'A Wrinkle in Time'. Born on November 29, 1918, in New York City, she found her passion for storytelling early on, eventually leading to a career rich in literary achievements, which spanned more than six decades and encompassed more than 60 books. L'Engle's literary journey began with her first book, "The Small Rain", published in 1945. However, she catapulted to fame with the publication of 'A Wrinkle in Time' in 1962, which bagged the prestigious Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature. This book marked the beginning of the Time Quintet series, alluding to complex scientific concepts and eliciting unprecedented resonance across generations of young readers. While Madeleine L'Engle used her writing to navigate the convergence of science and faith, her works resonated well beyond this niche. She fearlessly explored subjects that were considered taboo, such as death, love, and human frailty. Her unique blend of realism and fantasy, combined with thoughtful interrogation of moral and philosophical questions, ensures that her legacy deliciously lives on. L'Engle passed away on September 6, 2007, leaving behind an enduring wealth of inspiration for readers of all ages.

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