Book Review: A Wind In The Door by Madeleine L’Engle

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Age Recommended: 8 and up

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A Wind In The Door is the second book in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time series. While this book wasn’t as good as the first, it was still a very good read and it made me use my imagination to see what the characters were experiencing.

In this book, Meg is taken on a journey again, except this time, Charles Wallace is the one who needs help.

Everybody has millions of mitochondria in their body which make cellular respiration possible. The book talks about fictional creatures called farandolae which live inside the mitochondria. Let’s say the farandolae in your body have begun to turn evil and with the farandolae going bad, the mitochondria do not work, and without the mitochondria, you cannot supply oxygen to your body.

That’s what’s happening to Charles Wallace’s body.  Charles Wallace is dying and the only person that can cure him is his sister Meg. Charles Wallace’s farandolae have been turned evil by Echthroi, which are creatures that try to un-name things.

Everything has a name. When you call a person by his/her name, you name them. Echthroi un-name you by x-ing you so that you don’t exist anymore.

To save Charles Wallace, Meg has to go inside his body as a miniature version of herself and defeat the Echthroi.

Will she be able to do it?

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2 Comments

  1. mitochondria consume oxygen, they do not generate it. I loved Wrinkle in Time, it made me cry, I have read it countless times, but if Madeline L’Engle were in my biology class, I would flunk her. Now countless people have mitochondrial respiration backwards. It makes me just cringe.

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