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The Door in the Wall (Yearling Newbery)
The Door in the Wall - Yearling Newbery
Author: Marguerite De Angeli
Ever since he can remember, Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman. He must learn the ways of knighthood. But Robin's destiny is changed in one stroke: He falls ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing a plague, his servants abandon him and Robin is left alone. — A monk named Brother L...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440402831
ISBN-10: 0440402832
Publication Date: 8/1/1990
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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4 stars, based on 72 ratings
Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
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My favorite passage sums up this book nicely:

"Fret not, my son. None of us is perfect. It is better to have crooked legs than a crooked spirit. We can only do the best we can with what we have. That, after all, is the measure of success: what we do with what we have."

Robin is a boy whose father expects him to be a knight. When his father goes off to war, Robin is left alone and falls ill. His legs are slightly crippled afterward. Some monks come to his aid and he learns to "do the best with what he has." Recommended.
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Fine fast read about a crippled boy who learns that he is greater than the sum of his parts. Lots of Christian ideals, but it didn't feel too preachy to me or my daughter. It supported moral behavior without making it medicinal tasting.
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A lovely romantic book, focusing on how a loving parent would react to disability, instead of how real medieval nobles would have likely reacted... BUT - it is marvelously well done. I loved _The Door in the Wall_ as a child, and I still love it now.

Pounced on a replacement copy immediately upon seeing it, two weeks ago. My original copy has been lost for nearly a decade. I read this first probably in the late 70s.

'And she will say, "I'll bake thee a bannock,"' has always been one of my most favorite parts. Falling from directions - how to get to the house - into a very motherly response to a guest. -grin-

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.


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