The Door in the Wall

The Door in the Wall

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by Marguerite de Angeli

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Set in the fourteenth century, the classic story of one boy's personal heroism when he loses the use of his legs.  See more details below


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

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Gr 4-8-This Newbery Medal winning story, set in medieval times, is about a boy who learns his own strength when he saves the castle and discovers there is more than one way to serve his king.

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9 - 12 Years

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Door in the Wall 3.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite books from childhood so I was delighted tofind it available for nook. Now I can share this wonderful story with my children. So many of this authors excellent books are out of print I hope that more will become available on nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
Robin is the young son of Sir John de Bureford, a nobleman of London, England, in the early 1400s. Ever since he can remember, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman to learn the ways of knighthood. His father is off fighting the Scottish wars and his mother is away attending to the Queen who becomes ill during an outbreak of the plague. Robin himself is to be taken to the castle of his cousin Sir Peter de Lindsay to serve as a squire but becomes ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing the plague, all the servants abandon him and some even die, so Robin is left alone. A monk named Brother Luke rescues the boy and takes him to the hospice of St. Mark's, where he is taught woodcarving. With the help of the monks, Robin learns patience and strength. Brother Luke tells him, "Thou has only to follow the wall far enough and there will be a door in it."
While still suffering from crooked feet and lameness, Robin eventually gains sufficient strength and learns to walk with crutches, so that he can be taken by Brother Luke and the minstrel John-go-in-the-Wynd to the Castle Lindsay. They experience many exciting adventures along the way, but Robin continually wonders what his father will think of him in his weakened condition, since he can never become a knight. After they arrive at the castle, it is attacked by the Welsh. Is there anything that Robin, who cannot mount a house and ride off into battle, might do to find a "door in the wall" that will help save the townspeople and earn the respect of his father? This is a genuinely moving story which won the 1950 Newbery Medal.
Robin's attitude at the beginning, and even after he first becomes ill, is somewhat selfish and even whiny as one might expect from the spoiled son of a nobleman, but he certainly learns better as a result of his sufferings and his effort to overcome them. Many good character traits are exemplified. Each one of us has some kind of handicap or disability, and what happens Robin teaches us that rather than feeling sorry for ourselves or worse yet complaining about our lot, we should be looking for "the door in the wall" that will enable us to do what we can. The only objection is a few references to drinking ale. Also some common Roman Catholic concepts and practices of the day are mentioned, but these show how important religion was during that time. We did this as a family read aloud, and all of us really liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story in general. It made me use my imagination about the buildings. The time period has castles and knights. My favorite part was the ending when Robin is reunited with his parents.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
Yesterday I had the pleasure of finally reading a book that qualifies for my 2013 Pre-1960 Classic Children's Books Reading Challenge that I'm hosting this year and since this is the first book that I read for the challenge I'm glad the one I chose to read was a good one. The Door in the Wall is a classic piece of historical fiction for children written by Newbury Award winner Marguerite de Angeli and after reading it I can certainly see why it is held in such esteem. The book takes place in England during the time of the plague in the middle ages and follows the story of young Robin, a 10 year old boy stricken by what I believe (given the symptoms he exhibits) is polio. When Robin is left in the care of a Friar after the plague sweeps through his father's household he comes to terms with the fact that he will never be a knight but he also learns many lessons about humility, patience, and the value of doing something the hard way and also that just because he's disabled that doesn't mean he still can't accomplish great feats. This is further proven when later on in the book our young protagonist is the one who saves the day when the castle he has moved to be a ward of a knight friend of his father has come under attack thus earning the love and respect of all around him. I thought the book held a wonderful message for children that just because you have a perceived disability it doesn't change the fact that if you aspire to greatness you have more chances of achieving it. The historical setting was wonderfully done, and I loved how even though this was a children's book that the author still wrote the dialogue in the way that people during the time actually spoke to give it that authentic feel. The characters were lovely and I especially Brother Luke for the time he took to teach Robin about the things that really matter in life. I would recommend this to anyone who loves classic children's books and those who are teachers, librarians, parents, and whoever else has children in their lives to read this to them. It's a great book for kids to read and the message it has is wonderful. This is one that I would say needs a spot on every child's bookcase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read how "crookshanks" recovers his strenght, and becomes a knight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awsome!!!!Those of you that say it is boring:you are WRONG!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this book is short, it seems to take longer because of the way the characters speak. The characters were wholesome (Brother Luke, mostly) and the plot line was interesting. Settings may be confusing at times, but thoroughly well written. I have nothing harsh to say. This book was worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book the door in the wall.The door in the wall is a great book.It's about a boy named Robin. Robin is a kid that was sent away when he was 10.After he was sent away he got verry ill.He met a guy named Brother Luke who took him in.Later John-go-in-the-wynd came to tell Brother Luke about robins new home.Brother, Robin, and John-go-in-the-wynd set offto the new home.Will they get their safly?

I'd give this book 5 stars.It is a good book and the lesson teaches you something.I like it also because it is easy to read and it has some old words. I think readers 10+ would enjoy reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get into, it was dry and got very boring but when you get through it you may really like it, I did. And the book really has a great message at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tis book is okay i am still reading it though so wish me luck
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is exellent so buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My book is about a boy named Robin. He was the only child of his parents. Just a few days later his father had to go to the military for war, and his mother had to go to the Queen to assist her. Robin felt sad he wanted to cry but not in front of his parents. I like this book because it is funny,and sometimes sad. If you want to find out what happened next read this book!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It has a worderful writing style, a quick paced, exciting plot and the characters almost seem real. Margurite de Angeli did a fabulous job on this adventursome book! It is also easy to read and has great illustrations. Kids of all ages will love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Door In The Wall is a well written story about a boy overcoming his obstacle of being crippled. The story moves evenly paced throughout. It was easy to understand and I enjoyed reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book. A boy from a noble family gets sick and can't walk. A Monk comes and rescues him. He sets off for a different city. Two men at a hotel come and try to kill him and the two monks. They escape and get to the city. Read THE DOOR IN THE WALL and find out what happens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was confusing at first but got easier to read after the first few chapters. I personally couldn't figure out how the title was related to the story. However the later part of the plot was much more interesting than the beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an outstanding book to read. When I was forced to read this book, I thought it was going to be a nightmare, but it actually turned out to be a great book to read. It shows a young boy who is crippled and meets a monk name Brother Luke in his abandoned house. I think it may seem boring in the beginning, but if the readers just keep on reading it, it will definitely improve in details and description. A great story with a great theme. It shows that there may be a wall, or in this case Robin's disease, that's blocking you from what you want to do, but there will always be a way to get past it, like a door. I highly recommend it to all of my friends and family members. It may not be Shakespheare, but it is still a great piece of literature that is very enjoyable to read for all ages. I highly recommend it to everyone. ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! As soon as I began to read it i new it was the book for me. If you love reading books with exictment this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the beginning when I saw the cover I thought it was about a story of a kid and 2 monks. I thought the kid was an ordinary kid with no challenges. I also thought that the monks followed him everywhere he went. I thought the kid was the prince. I thought he rarely went outside to play. The author style is serious. I thought it she made a good job with writing this book. I thought she did a great job with this book b/c she made the main character have a big challenge. The author also made the book really interesting. I thought she did an excellent in making the book exiting b/c the main character is a friend of monks. I like the lead b/c it talks about the main characters family. The lead starts in grandma¿s house. I think that Robin felt sad when his dad went to the war. Weeks latter mom to the war also. She went to be a nurse. This story took place in a small village. It was close to St.Mary¿s church about 2 blocks away. Grandma took care of Robin while his parents were gone. Robin Always went to church with the monks. The monks always carried Robin to church. I think you will like to read this book because is about a kid that is not able to walk. The monks take him to the lake but he only floats on the water. During the time Robin makes two friends. They always play tag close to the lake but Robin has to use a mullet. I liked the book since his parents went away. I didn¿t know how that was going to change the story. I think you should read this story b/c Robin fights the reason he can¿t walk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son was surprisingly absorbed by this relatively complex story which is set in an era with which he had no familiarity. Interesting enough to engage his parents as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We had to choose the book in order out of Door In The Wall, Ella Enchanted, and Freak the Mighty. i only choose Door in the wall because i know that most ppl would choose the other two. The teacher told us it would be in old english but i had no clue on what was going on during most of the book and we have to look up words we dont know up in the dictionary so we took 30 our of 45 minutes in english class looking up words!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's my half birthday!