A Wind in the Door

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Madeleine L'Engle
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Average: 4 (1 vote)


I enjoyed this book. Although the setting is the same as A Wrinkle in Time, the plot really isn't related at all. This book is about Meg and Charles Wallace, again, but no Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, or Mrs. Which. This book is a little more fiction, as it involves cherubim, (singular, cherub), and less realistic events, but still has a science element to it. The main conflict in this story is that Charles Wallace is ill, and his mother suspects it has to do with his mitochondria, which, at the time the book was published, had only been discovered a few years previously. Meg meets Proginoskes, the cherub who looks like a drive of dragons, and Blajeny, a Teacher. Meg has to complete 3 tests to save her brother, although it is not obvious how these tasks are helping him. L'Engle does a good job with explaining in several different ways what is going on, and her imagery is less of the sight kind and more of the mental, or emotional kind. The story is easy to follow, but not so simple that you can predict what is going to happen. It is probably helpful to read A Wrinkle in Time first, but probably not necessary. The vocabulary, despite being a little simple at times, effectively conveys the story, its mood, and its characters in a pleasing way. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to many.