A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle

Published: 1973

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 211 pages

Setting: around the Murry’s house, a few years after the events of A Wrinkle in Time

Interest: It was Mr. Curiosity’s bedtime story that I happily agreed to read again.

Summary: Charles Wallace is having problems. He’s off to Kindergarten and doesn’t fir in well because of his intellect. He also has a problem with his mitochondria that makes him very tired all the time Meg and Calvin are recruited by the Teacher Blejany to help Charles Wallace. Turns out, the Echthroi are trying to X Charles Wallace’s farandolae (they live inside mitochondria) to kill him. To protect Charles Wallace, Meg (with the help of Calvin and the cheribum Proginoskes) needs to name their horrid principal, Mr. Jenkins, convince the farandola Sporos to Deepen, and save Mr. Jenkins from possession by the Echthroi.

Final thoughts: I love these books. Meg makes for a great everywoman protagonist. She’ doesn’t do her heroics because she’s brave or has special powers, but because she cares for others. She’d rather someone else do it, but if she’s all there is, she’ll do what needs to be done. I’m sure I didn’t get all the nuances of the story when I was young, but it made an impression on me. I love L’Engle’s writing style as well. She brings you right into the conflict between good and evil, and you aren’t quite sure that good will win.

The book made a good read-aloud. The chapters were usually too long to read in one night, but the writing is clear and keeps you on the edge of your seat most nights. Nothing too scary, though.

Title comes from: It’s the name of the last chapter in the book. I believe it refers to how Meg filled the Echthroi and saved Charles Wallace

Reading challenges fulfilled: 55/100 in my 100 Book Challenge.

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