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

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by Madeleine L'Engle

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It is November. When Meg comes home from school, Charles Wallace tells her he saw dragons in the twin’s vegetable garden. That night Meg, Calvin and C.W. go to the vegetable garden to meet the Teacher (Blajeny) who explains that what they are seeing isn’t a dragon at all, but a cherubim named Proginoskes. It turns out that C.W. is ill and that Blajeny


It is November. When Meg comes home from school, Charles Wallace tells her he saw dragons in the twin’s vegetable garden. That night Meg, Calvin and C.W. go to the vegetable garden to meet the Teacher (Blajeny) who explains that what they are seeing isn’t a dragon at all, but a cherubim named Proginoskes. It turns out that C.W. is ill and that Blajeny and Proginoskes are there to make him well – by making him well, they will keep the balance of the universe in check and save it from the evil Echthros.

Meg, Calvin and Mr. Jenkins (grade school principal) must travel inside C.W. to have this battle and save Charles’ life as well as the balance of the universe.

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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

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Time Quintet Series, #2
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5.21(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.


Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.


Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 12, 1918
Date of Death:
September 6, 2007
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
Litchfield, CT
Smith College, 1941

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A Wind in the Door 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 219 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madeline L'engle keeps you spellbound with this fantastic sequel to A Wrinkle in Time. Many new characters are introduced, and discoveries are made about the already familiar ones. This is one of the best books that I have ever read, and I have immensely enjoyed reading this book time and time again.
Jenny_Rose More than 1 year ago
I first read A Wrinkle in Time when I was in 5th grade and loved it. At the time I don’t think I knew it was the first in a series. Now in my mid-thirties I am finally reading the rest. L’Engle weaves another fantastic tale with imagination and science. The balance of the universe is at state, stars are disappearing, and something is wrong with Charles Wallace’s farandolae. I feel like a kid again, getting sucked into L’Engle’s fabricated worlds and found it hard to put down.
Summer Hutchison More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting book that is action packed and has twists and turns. When I started it I couldn't put it down because its so fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want my opinion(I guess it doesn't matter does it?)I actually liked THIS book A LOT better than A Wrinkle in time!I'm SURE that L'Engle was at her absolute,and foremost most creative point in her writing carrer,it's a book about fantasy worlds beneath the skin,where pharandalae and mitochondria,along with the help of meg,calvin,and surprisingly Mr.Jenkins(meg's princapal)work together to save Charles Wallace ,but will it work?find out for yourself when you read this epic story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly a rich book filled with a spell binding tale and an excellent end it defenetly is something I would recomend to all and is appropriet for all ages it will keep you entertained and even though I'm 11 I'm sudgesting to eneyone to read this or any other book in the wrinkle of time series I truly love the science fiction that wraps around this wonderful book.
Alliecat96 More than 1 year ago
A Wind in the door is a rather average book overall, but the story line is far from average, very few books combine sickness, incredible creatures, and an adventure unlike any other.To say the least, Charles Wallace is a quite unordinary six year old. If his discovery of dragons isn't peculiar enough, the illness that follows will nearly kill him. Join Meg, Charles's older sister, Calvin, Meg's friend, Proginoskes, the cherubim, and Blajeny, their teacher as they risk their lives to save Charles, the stars, and the universe from an attack of the Echthroi. Meg will learn a great lesson about the importance of love and sacrifice.The book, based on the lexile measure should have been excessively easy to read, but the vocabulary and imagination required to understand the book is almost overwhelming. Ignore your frustration and you will enjoy the book. This is a pretty good book, it isn't my favorite, but I have to give Madeleine L'Engle credit, she does know how to make you think.Science fiction goo rues will love this adventures book of love, friendship and a sister's ability to tend to her brother's needs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿There are dragons in the twin¿s vegetable garden.¿ A Wind in the Door, written by Madeline L¿Engle, is the second book in the Time series quintet. Meg Murry¿s youngest brother Charles Wallaces believes he has found a drive of dragons in his older brothers¿ vegetable garden, but the truth is bigger than he could imagine. There is a threat closing in on Charles Wallaces. New enemies whose goal is to completely erase everything from existence. Charles Walles near death, now Meg Murry, her best friend Calvin, her old school teacher, and her now found cherubim friend must save him and his fondolia. This book is great for all ages and is perfect for sci-fi lovers. Madeline L¿Engle focused this book for children but is good for any one of any age. This book contains many unrealistic things and can often get confusing because they say there is no word for what they are talking about in the human language, though this doesn¿t take away from the overall understanding of the book. The author puts a lot off voice and emotions into the characters. Because of this it is easy to tell where they stand in the matter at hand, and how they are feeling. Many of the characters in this book aren¿t human making this book all the more interesting. This book will change your out look on unrealistic concepts such as life on other worlds, changing your self into other things, and time travel. This book has a strong moral to it. Anyone will find this book to be a good read and to be very unique. If you are looking for a good book, A Wind in the Door is a great. All the books in this series are A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and A Acceptable Time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I think it could have had a bit more detail and it ciuld have been longer. Overall, I think it was an awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These days my mother has been telling me to read more so my vocabulary would expand. Hence, I started to read many classics, but when I came to A Wrinkle in Time series I could not help but just do nothing but read. Some sectiins can be slightly confusing and I did have to look up many words but overall the story was fantastic! It is so amazing how a sister like Meg shows so much love and compassion for her brother Charles Wallace.
volleyball68 More than 1 year ago
A Wind in the Door is an amazing book. It’s got these twists and suspension that leaves you wanting to never stop reading it. It takes you on a journey through time but always stays in one constant location. The author gives you hints and clues to make you want to assume an ending. A detail in the book I loved is how you watched the name of Madoc grow gradually to Maddox and link to Mad dog. Something I liked about the way this book was set up was who the author chose to be her narrator and made the story so it was Meg (the narrator) seeing everything that would happen as if she went on the journey herself. I believe the author did a very good job on keeping the whole book out of first person when the action was with Charles Wallace. I know if I were to be the author I would have made Charles Wallace be the narrator because that’s who most of the book’s action was with. It was a wise decision to make Meg the narrator and the “star” because then it could tie the action between the present and past together. In the book it does talk about the act of kything, which is basically communicating through the mind. In this specific book it doesn’t go too far into definition but if you ever get the chance to read the set you’ll find out it does go deeper in definition in an earlier book. This is an awesome book and I do highly recommend it to everyone but maybe more along the lines of sixth grade and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can' t even explain how good this book is. I would definetly recommend it. But remember, this is my opinion so you will have to read it for yourself to see if you like it. BUT I TOTALLY LOOOVED IIIIT!!! Though the kything is a little confusing and the Ecthroi are a liitle scary so i would recommend it for grades six and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time Series many times over-- my favorite is 'A Wind in the Door.' The characters are easy to fall in love with for different reasons, the plots are a believable balance of science, fantasy, imagination and reality, and L'Engle does a superb job of commenting on some of the largest themes in our world today-- power, love, evil, family, and learning-- in a compelling, enjoyable read. Great for youth and adults... I highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I found that I couldn't put it down. I stayed up past midnight reading it. It was full of suspense and action. I thought it was one of my favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my very favorite books. I'd have to say it isn't the best book I've read, but I did enjoy it alot more than I thought I would. There are only two ways for you to like this book, 1: if you like health and science, 2, or if you're a book worm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many people don't like this book and the others because they are confusing. Thi seris is meant fir those who are deeper thinkers,have an above average intellegencd, and can comprehend what is not directaly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was like I was reading the regular book. Great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent series that has been around for a long time. I am glad it is available for my children. My 3rd and 2nd grader (advanced readers) love the books. The characters are interesting, and the subject matter lends itself to discussion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Along with A Wrinkle in Time, this book is one of my many favorites. It never leaves you bored as do some books and it tends to keep you reading when you know you should be getting to bed. I read it and loved it, but remember, this book is habit-forming for a good reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only half way through this book and I like it, but I do not reccomend it for anyone under eleven because the plot can be difficult to understand in some parts. Also, the scientific words such as farandolae might become confusing. Even though, it is a good book for someone who likes to read.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I read theese books in like 4th grade. I really liked them but i did not understand one word of them. That was two years ago. Still don't get them. Still like them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never knew the wrinkle in time was its own series and im glad i do now i will definitely be reading the rest of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received "A Wrinkle in Time" as a birthday gift when I was a child. Have to say it was my first foray in SF/F & I loved it. Never knew there were other books in the seires. So glad I found this. Really enjoyed the continuation. Can't wait to read the 3rd one.
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