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A Wind in the Door

By Cindy Kane, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Classic science fiction with timeless appeal.

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With believable characters and a suspenseful plot, this is arguably the best of the sequels to the classic A Wrinkle in Time. This is the second of Madeleine L'Engle's Chronos Quartet novels featuring the Murry family and their journeys through time and space. In some books in the Quartet, the hypersensitive, loving, and gifted Murry children speak and act like people much older or younger than their given years. Here they face enough real-kid problems, such as Charles Wallace's torment at the hands of school bullies, to seem real.

The three trials Meg must pass are interpersonal; her ability to communicate love is tested. Some scenes are long on dialogue and short on action; "too many talky scenes" was one 12-year-old's only negative comment. Yet there are enough surprises to sustain the suspense, and the ideas that drive the scenes are interesting. This is a rewarding book with generous helpings of the L'Engle magic.

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