This is the sequel to A Wrinkle in Time. It’s also one of my favorite books in the series.
A Wind in the Door is a fantastic adventure story involving Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe, the chief characters of A Wrinkle in Time. The seed from which the story grows is a rather ordinary situation of Charles Wallace’s having difficulty in adapting to school. He is extremely bright, so much so that he gets punched around a lot for being “different”. He is also strangely, seriously ill (mitochondritis – the destruction of farandolae, minute creatures of the mitochondria in the blood). Determined to help Charles Wallace in school, Meg pays a visit to his principal, Mr. Jenkins, a dry, cold man with whom Meg herself has had unfortunate run-ins. The interview with Mr. Jenkins goes badly and Meg worriedly returns home to find Charles Wallace waiting for her. “There are,” he announces, “dragons in the twins’ vegetable garden. Or there were. They’ve moved to the north pasture now.”
Dragons? Not really, but an entity, a being stranger by far than dragons; and the encounter with this alien creature is only the first step that leads Meg, Calvin, and Mr. Jenkins out into galactic space, and then into the unimaginable small world of a mitochondrion. And, at last, safely, triumphantly, home.
In this one, Charles Wallace isn’t as involved in the story as much as Meg and Calvin. What I loved, is that Ms. L’Engle made their relationship a little more complex than what most children’s and young adult stories tend to do.
She also added a little more depth to a secondary character from the first novel in the Quintet. She also included him in their adventure. Some new characters are also created. For example, a cherubim and a Teacher. Teacher is capitalized because that is the only way I can differentiate it from what we consider teachers. It’s explained a little better in the book.
This series is a little ahead of its time. It’s set in the mid to late 1990’s but was written in the 1970’s. There’s really a lot going on, I really can’t go in-depth about it because of the whole spoiler thing.
Really, the whole book was about trying to save Charles Wallace. He’s become the outcast in their small town because of the way his mind works. But there’s more going on in the book than that.
And on that note, I won’t type another word on the subject because it will become spoiler-y.
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