Book Review - A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle

I know it is a book considered for 9 to 12 years old, but lately I have become fascinated with children’s authors. In some way, shape or form, the books are just as entertaining as adult reads. I initially read A Wrinkle in Time for my English Literature for Children and Young Adults class last year. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the book, but then again it is written for children who don’t need all the technical detail of a Dale Brown or Tom Clancy Book.

Once again, Madeleine L’engle blends a child’s world with the battle between good and evil in A Wind in the Door. At the beginning of the story, 6 year old Charles announces to Meg “There are dragons in the twin’s vegetable garden.” The dragon is a Cherubim (good angel) named Proginoskes who has come to help Charles who is suffering from some mysterious illness. His farandolae are being coerced by the evil Echthroi (fallen angels) to run away and be free. Meg and assorted characters including the Cherubim must venture inside Charles via a tiny mitochondria to save him and the fate of the world.

A Wind in the Door is a excellent children’s book and a fun read. I was able to read within 3 to 4 hours with not problem at all. However, it was would a good chapter book to read with your kids over a period of time.


  1. I read all of L'Engle's books as a young adult, but as an adult I still LOVE them!!

    Also, just as an FYI-I think that you posted a link to your website in general, not just this post in Callapidder Days book review section. I had to scroll through your page to find this.

  2. Me too! I read books I'm not familiar with before my kids read them, mainly because I want to know what they're reading...but also because I like them. In fact, usually they never even get around to reading what I've read:-)


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