A Wind in the Door

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Cindy Kane, Common Sense Media
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Classic science fiction with timeless appeal.

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age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

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Some cosmic battling. Characters take a frightening journey into another galaxy where they must take part in a cosmic battle in order to save Charles Wallace and themselves.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the highly original plot and memorable characters appeal to a wide group of readers. The vocabulary and ideas are inventive, and the story promotes the importance of loving relationships. While some of the science is made up, the trip inside Charles Wallace's body is a mini-lesson in cell biology.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCanuguesswhoiis October 9, 2011

my review

It is a really good book for anybody including adults
Kid, 10 years old July 25, 2010

Amazing Book!

Madeleine L'Engle has done it again. This is simply amazing. You will only put the book down after you've finished it. There's some violence (Bat... Continue reading

What's the story?

Unusual things happen in high school freshman Meg Murry's family. Her parents are famous scientists, and her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, is a genius. But Charles Wallace has been mysteriously ill, and when he tells Meg there are dragons in the garden, she worries that he is fantasizing.

Then she sees the fantastic creature, actually a "singular cherubim." It has been sent by a wise, humanlike Teacher to help Meg in a quest to heal Charles Wallace. Also accompanying her will be her friend, Calvin O'Keefe, and her archenemy, Mr. Jenkins, the dour principal of Charles Wallace's school.

The travelers journey from a faraway galaxy to inside Charles Wallace's body, where a cosmic battle is taking place. By kything--communicating without words--and learning the importance of Naming (loving) her enemies, Meg saves her brother with the help of both Calvin and the surprisingly lovable Mr. Jenkins.

Is it any good?

With believable characters and a suspenseful plot, this is arguably the best of the sequels to the classic A Wrinkle in TimeThis 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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  • Families can talk about the complexity of relationships. How do you think you would fare with the tests Meg faces?

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