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by Marguerite De Angeli

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Marguerite De Angeli
Laurel Leaf (May 12, 1997)
Literature & Fiction
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Set in England during the Middle Ages, this award-winning tale presents the touching story of a courageous young boy who suddenly loses the use of his legs and is forced to learn how to deal with his new disability. Newbery Medal Winner. Reissue.
  • This 14th-century adventure book is surprisingly sweet and innocent, considering it includes scenes of battle, privation, and death. Originally published in 1949, and winner of a Newbery award, the story feels dated compared to books published more recently about medieval children's lives. It contains lots of factual tidbits about castles, transportation, monastic life, warfare, and other topics, carefully woven into the tale. A few of these seem anachronistic, such as the song Robin sings for the king - a song actually only a couple of hundred years old. But in fairness, more is known today about historical accuracy than was known seventy years ago. Robin is an appealing character, though he's at the far end of the curve in pushing himself to do tasks that are difficult or dangerous for him. The men who sometimes carry him and his crutches on their backs seem astoundingly strong, schlepping the ten-year-old up and down hills and stairs and towers without tiring; this I found somewhat unbelievable. But Brother Luke's mantra, "Thou hast only to follow the wall long enough and there will be a door in it," is as insightful and useful today as it was for Robin.

  • I'm so happy that we picked this edition for a gift, it looks better than the picture provided, it doesn't have that Laurel Leaf Newberry line down at the bottom. The story is, of course, fantastic as well as the illustrations! This was a great buy at a great price!

  • Another hard to find book found right here. Thank you

  • Great book. A timeless classic.Perfect for kids with a high reading level, but who are not old enough to be reading young adult novels.

  • 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.

  • It’s an exciting adventure without being geared too much toward one gender or the other. She says it’s a great read and loved it so much she chose it for a book report.

  • Kids with disabilities, especially ones like Asperger's Syndrome that are only partially disabling, have trouble figuring out what to make of their disability. They often have to choose between being held to a high standard they can't achieve, and getting the "pity treatment" from people who think disability means they can never achieve anything. Their interactions with adults mostly model those two extremes. They don't often get a chance to think about their disability as it is, with its advantages and disadvantages, or get instruction customized to their strengths as well as their needs.

    Robin, the protagonist of _The Door In The Wall_, deals with the same struggle all disabled kids do-- trying to find what he *can* do in a world where his abilities don't quite match up with the set of qualities his society values. He is taught to strengthen himself in all the ways he can, and eventually he finds a way to use his disability to his advantage: *only* a disabled boy with his skill set could do what he did.

    My son with Asperger's has really enjoyed this book for the way it portrays disabilities, and after reading it we've had many discussions about how the disadvantages of Asperger's are the flip side of its advantages. (For example, Asperger's trades off the ability to engage in social interaction for the ability to absorb and recall a large body of information; the latter can be a tremendous advantage and perhaps even lead to future employment.) _The Door In The Wall_ has encouraged my son to view himself in a positive light, disability and all, and find activities that play to his unconventional strengths.

  • The book was really interesting. My son is reading it at school. It helped to bring it to life with the sound effects and songs!