Item description for The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli...
Overview The crippled son of a powerful nobleman in fourteenth-century England sets out to prove his courage and his right to be recognized by the King.
Publishers Description As the son of a nobleman, Robin's destiny is changed suddenly when he falls ill and loses the use of his legs. When the great castle of Lindsay is in danger, Robin discovers that there is more than one way to serve his king.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 478
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.66" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1990
ISBN 0440402832 ISBN13 9780440402831 UPC 071009005501
Reviews - What do customers think about The Door in the Wall?
Don't remember Sep 14, 2007
unfortunately i don't remember much of this book...I think the style of writing was dry. Or perhaps it was the subject matter.
WARNING: ONLY READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY FORCED TO! Jul 11, 2007
I'm sorry for having such a negative comment but after reading this book, I thought, "WHY WOULD ANYONE WANNA READ THIS?" My mind began wandering off after reading just the 2nd page. I certainly do not believe that this book is for children younger than 12, especially if you have no historical knowledge of the background of this story. I think that adults would enjoy this book much more than a child or a student. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
I think that the main reason I did not enjoy this book was the way that Marguerite de Angeli worded or wrote this book, such as the way that she used the terms, 'twill and thee. Who uses those words anymore?
-THIS WAS WRITTEN FROM A 12 YEAR OLDS PERSPECTIVE OF THE BOOK.
A Great Book Made Even Better May 7, 2007
The Door in the Wall is the story of a young medieval boy who loses the use of his legs through a serious illness. Both of his parents are away from home at the time--his mother to attend the queen and his father at war. During his own sickness, the boy's caretakers die of the plague and he is left to die alone. Rescued by a monk and taken to the monastary to live, the boy must rise to the challenge of forming a new life as a cripple. Will his crippled legs also cripple his heart and spirit? Not if Brother Luke can help it. With strong love and gentle, insistent wisdom, Brother Luke helps Robin to see that his life is still significant, still necessary, and still useful. Through a wonderful episode of bravery and skill, Robin rescues his town from an attack of the brutal Welsh army, and also finds the answer to his won burning question--will his parents still love him in his crippled condition? A wonderful story of hope, perseverance, acceptance of reality, and the value of each individual's particular gifts. The audio book reader is WONDERFUL! He makes Brother Luke come alive and fills the story with suspenceful expression. Great book!
The Door In The Wall Mar 21, 2007
The Door in the wall was about a kid named robin that early in the book he got sick and lost the useage of his legs. So he makes crutces and gets around on those. so he goes with Brother Luke to a castle. The catle got attacked by the welsh and they didi not have enough people to defend the castle. So Robin journeys to another place and gets the army from there to help them fight. so they won the fight and still sot to keep the castle. After that his mother and father came to the castle. The thing i liked most about the book is near the end at the battle. The other thing i liked about the book is that even though Robin could not walk he did every thing that normal people could do. The thing i did not like about is that it was boring in the middle. over all it was a good book.
Excellent, benign look into Middle Ages -- Not a military/adventure novel! Mar 9, 2007
Delightful, low-key, descriptively lean account of England circa the 1330s through the eyes of a handicapped boy. Not the action adventure some readers seem to be expecting, but a non-revisionist slice of life, Middle Ages style. Younger readers will need to be good readers, and patient ones, to reap these rewards. (In fact, that's what this book is about!)
De Angeli's short Newbery winner follows Robin, ten year old son of a nobleman fighting in Edward III's "Scottish wars" and one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting. Robin's London caregivers are wiped out by the plague, so the care of his delicate health (he has recently been stricken lame) falls to a benevolent monk named Brother Luke. The good brother quietly applies himself to strengthening Robin in both body and mind, emphasizing that perseverance and patience will always result in finding "a door in the wall," a way beyond present obstacles. Robin's lessons include wood carving, reading, writing, singing and playing music, swimming, and walking with crutches.
There is no insistent plot to jerk the story forward and no loud, overstated characters to interfere with Robin's quiet development. Robin shares some mild adventures on the road in the company of Luke and a minstrel named John Go-in-the-wynd before all his newfound resourcefulness and skill are called upon in defense of a local castle.
Nice, pleasant, quick. Unapologetic about the era's Christian culture and the benevolence of its priests, so probably not very popular among trendy Newbery spokespeople these days. But De Angeli's message of gentle, humble perseverance is actually inspiring.