The Door in the Wall

Set in the fourteenth century, the classic story of one boy's personal heroism when he loses the use of his legs. From the Paperback edition.

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By Patti (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · October 23, 2008
This is a sweet and simple story of triumph over adversity in a time when answers to illness were rare, wars were plenty and commitment to duty often meant great sacrifice. Lots of hard lessons for a ten year old to learn in any time period and in any culture, but Robin learns his lessons well an... ...more
By Julie · ★☆☆☆☆ · April 10, 2008
I had to read this and do a book report on it in 5th grade (approximately). I remember it being the most dry, torturous book I'd read up to that point. I wonder what I'd think of it now? ...more
By Michelle (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · August 10, 2011
I love a story with a wealth of meaning behind its words. This one is exemplary. Within, young Robyn’s father has left for the Scottish wars, his mother has gone to wait on the ailing queen, and Robyn awaits John-the-Fletcher who will escort him to the manor of Sir Peter where Robyn will serve as... ...more
By Jill (Brooktondale, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · September 22, 2010
1950 Newbery Winner.

I liked this more than other Newberys set in the middle ages. I liked the writing more in Good Masters! but this was much more pleasant overall (for kids) and had less death and suffering...maybe it's not as true to the experience of living during that time but it's a good st... ...more
By Leah (1845) · ★★★★☆ · December 07, 2014
I read this with my two daughters for our homeschooling unit in British history.
This is a great work of historical fiction set in England during the middle ages.
A perfect companion for any teacher or parent looking for a "living book" for their child's or their own enjoyment. Short, beautifully... ...more
By Laura (Hohenwald, TN) · ★★★★★ · November 13, 2012
Marguerite de Angeli, you may remember, wrote The Skippack School which I recently reviewed.

The Story.

Robin should have been training with Sir Peter de Lindsay in the noble ways of knighthood. Instead, he is lying in London on a sick bed – crippled. Thinking that he would be joining Sir Peter soo... ...more
By Deb (Readerbuzz) (775113342) · ★★★★☆ · July 24, 2009
Robin, the son of a knight, is all set to set off for the home of a noble lord where he is to begin training as a page. Then tragedy strikes. Robin is beset with an illness that leaves him unable to walk. His servants come down with the plague and he is left alone. Just in time he is rescued by a... ...more
By Kat!e (Provo, UT) · ★★★★★ · February 15, 2015
Amazingly, this book didn't feel preachy. It is a very moral book, I won't deny, but because the events came about naturally it never felt didactic. It just felt like everyone in the story was trying to do the best they could, and as they encouraged each other they encouraged me, too. In a longer... ...more
By D.C. · ★★☆☆☆ · February 19, 2014
A decent story, I suppose. But it is so torturously slow-paced that my mind wandered off so many times that I can't keep track of them all. I was left with many questions at the end. What sickness did Robin have? Why did he of all people go out to get help for the war? Why did it have to have suc... ...more