A Wind in the Door
Time Quintet #2
Book 1: A Wrinkle in Time
author : madeleine l’engle
pages : [hardcover] 224
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.
When I recently read A Wrinkle in Time because my friend suggested it to me, I was shocked to reach the end of the book and realize that there were four more companion books created after that original story. Unfortunately, A Wind in the Door is a little too slow and uneventful for my taste.
This companion book captures the same whimsical tone present in its predecessor but tries, perhaps a little too hard, to be as deep and meaningful as A Wrinkle in Time can be. The themes and morals were overtly obvious in this story, to the point where I’m not sure a child would enjoy reading it without thinking they were being preached to.
New, mystical characters joined the children on their journey, as well as surprising allies, like their principal Mr. Jenkins. Maybe to teach children that principals aren’t so bad, after all?
Although the events of the story moved sluggishly, as Meg and Calvin team up with the others to try to save Charles Wallace, the ending was incredibly rushed. Meg needs to complete three tasks to save Charles Wallace and after the second one I think the third is packed into just two pages, not the dozens the other two were afforded. We barely get a glimpse at the aftermath and the book is already over.
I’m not sure, really, what the other companion novels will be about, but I might give them a try. These aren’t my favorite books but their whimsical adventurous nature might appeal to some readers.