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A Wind in the Door (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  78,639 ratings  ·  1,481 reviews
Meg Murry can't help but be worried when her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, announces there are dragons in the vegetable garden. He's so bright, and so different from other kids, he's getting bullied at school, and he is also strangely, seriously ill.

But Charles Wallace is right about the dragons--actually a friendly entity who has come to help Charles Wallace figh
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Published January 10th 2012 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 1973)
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Madeleine L'Engle is probably one of the reasons why I think magic and faith and science are ultimately compatible.
Mar 27, 2008 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Morgan by: Jenn Allen
Now this is what I'm talking about! If 'A Wrinkle in Time' is hot cocoa, then this book was Ghiredelli's Peppermint Hot Cocoa with marshmallows and $100. Seriously.

Trusting the advice of those I loved, I decided to perserver and finish 'The Time Quartet'. So it was onto AWITD and it rooked. Wow, that was me spelling rocked. I thought it was entertaining so I left it for your enjoyment. Anyway, I digress...

This book was great. It joins the same crew; Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, and throws i
there are some things, i think, that you read that will always stick with you. for me, one of those things is the scene in this book with progo, and the discussion he has with meg about the importance of naming. how once you are named, you are - no matter what.

i read this later, again, in college, and i read it as a history student, and through that lens, it says fascinating things about the relationship of history and memory, and what history is, and how we leave legacies. like many of l'engle
Ali M.
I feel like this book is too often asked to be another Wrinkle in Time, when in fact its sparse cast of characters and relatively uneventful narrative seem like L'Engle's deliberate effort to make it the opposite.

Wrinkle is all about recognizing the universal "song" of the cosmos, and stepping into it. A Wind the Door, however, is about recognizing the cosmos already inside the entity of the human being, and how our choices and sense of identity have an immeasurable effect on the song itself.

Sarah Augustinsky
I was slightly disspointed upon reading A Wind in the Door. I adore and loved A Wrinkle in Time when I read it, and I was expecting something as wonderful and beautiful as that.
Although this book is good, and is thoughtful, it lacked more of the relationships that I loved in the first book in the Time Series. I love Calvin and Meg together, and though there were some cute thoughts and things, not very many. There was also hardly any Charles Wallace, which left me a sense of a missing piece after
Talk about strange... This book has a strange resemblance to an episode of the Magic School Bus where they travel inside one of the students... Only that was more believable. I think where L'Engle loses me is that she feels like she needs to explain everything - why not just leave it at - Charles is sick and we are going inside of him to fix what's wrong - see, I just said the same thing she did only she took half the book to say it. Sometimes its better just to leave it to our imagination. If y ...more
kristy duncan
I disliked this book so much it almost made me unlike a wrinkle in time.

1-no segue
the first wasnt mentioned at all, not that they had already had an adventure, how she met calvin nothing!!

the author really wanted her point to get across and though this book is for children I dont think it was necessary to restate the same concepts 8 and 10 times at least!!

simply weak. where the first book was imaginative and interesting the first one limited and contrived. it seemed like sh
Andrea Fontana
Yawn. This book gave me anxiety attacks by imprisioning me in the same scene for 30+ chapters. Goes absolutely nowhere. I can't believe it's even related to A Wrinkle in Time. No wonder I'd never read it in school.
Is it weird that I really loved A Wrinkle in Time and I fiercely disliked its sequel? I don't remember it being this bad when I read it as a kid, but bad it is. There are hints of the delightful whimsy of the first book, particularly in the Mr. Jenkins face-off and the "classroom" meeting with Sporos. But there are many more scenes of purported seriousness which aren't handled well at all. The climactic scenes, which I think were supposed to be moving and exciting, were unbearably ham-fisted and ...more
Tiphanie Neely
Childish (but it is a children's novel), and full of plot holes, this book spends half the pages on circular dialogues that mean nothing other than WE DON'T KNOW. Dear Author, Philosophical questions like Is size relative and Is time relative and Can we throw out every law of physics and save the universe, by saving one little kid whose life, for some unexplained reason, will decide the fate of the rest of the universe, those questions should not be in a children's book. Maybe try reading C.S.Le ...more
Oct 16, 2009 Jan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The series to young teens
I would like to give this book a higher rating just for it's association with one of my alltime favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time. There are several differences in this book that kept me from liking it as much.

The book is very repetitious, going over and over and over concepts that are described in detail the first time. The heroine, Meg complains and whines a bit too much. It feels like the book lags in places just to lengthen the story. What could be said in a page or two is said in a whole ch
D.M. Dutcher
It's a book that you understand more as an adult then as a child. As a child, you'd lose most of the points made of it, simply because it's too erudite. Charles Williams is sick, and is also seeing dragons by his house. Meg has to save him, along with some very unlikely companions.

Again, L'Engle is a fine, creative writer. But there are a lot of the same problems in the first book. Charles Williams simply is unrealistic, and again, he is the focal point of this novel, the macGuffin. He's a six y

"Now, the science isn't quite right: mitochondria don't produce oxygen. They do use oxygen, though, to generate ATP, which the cell then uses as a source of chemical energy. Mitochondria are essential to our utilization of oxygen as an energy source. L'Engle may have confused mitochondria with chloroplasts, which are found only in plants. Chloroplasts also are thought to have originated endosymbiotically and they do produce oxygen as a byproduct of the con
I have read this book once, and i absolutely LOVED it. It is very entertaining, and different from every other children's book (including the others in the series,which are unique in their own special way.)It really is a great book, and I am reading the whole series again!

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Andrew Leon
I never read this one when I was a kid, so I was coming at it completely fresh. And, at first, I thought it was making a difference in my reception of the book, because, at first, I was really enjoying it. The first third of the book was really good. I was impressed and everything.

Yes, there will be spoilers.

This one is two years after Wrinkle; Charles Wallace is in school and is having difficulties fitting in. He also thinks he's found a dragon in his brothers' garden. The first part of the boo
As with A Wrinkle in Time, the characterization in this book is a bit thin, and most particularly so for the main character, Meg. How old is she? 14 or so? She sure doesn't come across that way (she feels MUCH YOUNGER), among other things (anger, tantrums, sobbing fearful tears) in apparently being completely devoid of any typical teenage angst/hormones/feelings with regard to her "closeness" with 16-year-old Calvin. That aside, the theme here is (again) love... but it's gotten even weirder and ...more
A fantastically powerful novel every bit as great as "A Wrinkle in Time," although in a slightly different way.

Meg and Charles Wallace are rejoicing at having their family whole again. Their father is back, although still working for the government, and life just seems better. The only shadow on the family is the bullying that plagues Charles Wallace at school, as the stiff principal of the elementary believes in "toughening" the kids up.

But then things begin to turn for the strange again. Cha
The second in L'Engle's trilogy of A Wrinkle In Time. Upon re-reading this book I find it pretty amazing that traveling through space and time can put the crew onto another planet in another galaxy; can put them onto a planet that is completely hypothetical and based on nice visual thoughts and compounded into another space; can put them INSIDE of Charles Wallace's mitochondrion, Yadah (yeah, it's named), where the farondolae (little ultra-microscopic organisms inside the mitochondria) are getti ...more
We read the first book "A Wrinkle in Time" to our children. Since our reading is kind of slow together I wanted to know what the second book is about. So I did a fast two days read. I have given it five stars not because it was the most capturing of children's books, but because of the ideas that are there so amazingly intertwined with the narrative.

The idea of naming, of being named in order to know oneself - I found it profound in its implications and then the opposite force of evil to unname
Natasha Hurley-Walker
I can see why I barely remembered the events of this book, compared to my surprisingly vivid recollection of the events of A Wrinkle In Time. Lots of exposition, lots of 'shall I - shan't I?' moments. Charles and his creepy-cool ESP is a setting rather than a character, and Meg whimpers around like a wet blanket, whinging about how difficult everything is and how Charles is The Most Important Being in the Universe and everything is fine as long as we self-sacrifice for him. We get a little more ...more
Once again, I am in awe of Madeleine L'Engle. She has a knack for writing parable-esque stories that are thrilling, compelling, and completely original.

This story deals with the Ecthroi, a group of beings who only exist to cause things to be Xed (X-ing is causing something to be void, to cease to exist.) The reality of these awful beings is brought home to the main character, Meg, when her younger brother, Charles Wallace, is taken ill. His condition is caused by Ecthroi that have disrupted the
This two-star rating is a combination of three stars from my nine-year-old daughter and one star from me. She found it reasonably exciting and was captivated by the (dodgy) science and the concepts of mitochondria, multiple copies of Mr Jenkins and entire universes within a single person. I thought it was tedious and pretentious, a self-indulgent mixture of religious preachiness and poorly developed philosophy. There seems to be little connection with the previous book: characters barely acknowl ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Out of the Time series, this is my least favorite. It was too slow, and I think too philosophical for my stage of development, when I read it. I would like to reread it as an adult, because I think I'd appreciate it more.
Rebecca Klein
A Wind in the Door is the book after a Wrinkle in Time. The book's theme is about love and that to be loved means that your are someone. It compares the ideas of being nothing with being something. The book begins with Charles Wallace in first grade and Meg is now in high school. Charles Wallace is getting bullied and beaten up at school because he is different. He is shorter than the other kids. He also uses big words that the other kids don't understand because Charles Wallace is bright. One d ...more
Lisa Singleterry
Definitely an interesting and fast read. Didn't like it as well as book one...there's a bit in the middle that gets somewhat muddled and a little hard to follow. But an intriguing concept for sure!
could not stand this, so vacuous and full of nothing
I loved A Wrinkle in Time, but I don't think this sequel lives up to it. My biggest issue was that it seemed like such a rehash of Wrinkle, but instead of expanding on it, it retracted. The theme of overcoming hate through love was exactly the same. Unlike the deft social commentary in Wrinkle, though, this book didn't touch on conformity/individuality; instead, it decided to focus on heavy-handed environmentalism, a random dislike of cities, and a rather unfair criticism of the "younger generat ...more
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle is the sequel to A Wrinkle in Time. In this story there is an evil that is wreaking havoc on both a cosmic and a microscopic level. On the cosmic level stars seem to be disappearing and on the microscopic level people are getting sick with a strange disease affecting the mitochondria in their cells which causes fatigue and respiratory distress. Charles Wallace has come down come down with this condition. His sister Meg and her friend Calvin are called upon ...more
This second book in the Time Quartet is probably my favorite. It further expounds on the idea of love as a weapon against darkness, and for Meg, who is a Namer, love involves reinforcing people's identity. "When people don't know who they are, they are open either to being Xed, or named." Meg has the heavy task of Naming, of helping people embrace who they were created to be so that they can fight the darkness. The only alternative is to be destroyed by the darkness. I think there is a lot of tr ...more
A significant book for me growing up, and still a powerful read now that I'm a grown-up. L'Engle does an amazing job, here and in the rest of this series, describing how human actions have significance beyond our comprehension. Even in a world of cosmic forces, celestial beings, and alternate realities, everything that humans do truly matters. Even something as simple as choosing to dislike another person (as Meg does with her brother's principal, Mr. Jenkins) can have far-reaching consequences ...more
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener ...more
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“Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” 323 likes
“Progo,' Meg asked. 'You memorized the names of all the stars - how many are there?'

How many? Great heavens, earthling. I haven't the faintest idea.'

But you said your last assignment was to memorize the names of all of them.'

I did. All the stars in all the galaxies. And that's a great many.'

But how many?'

What difference does it make? I know their names. I don't know how many there are. It's their names that matter.”
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