The Door in the Wall

The Door in the Wall

Winner of the 1950 Newbery Medal

Robin who is ten years old is ready to follow in his father’s footsteps and train to become a knight. Unfortunately illness befalls him and he has lost the use of his legs. Instead of traveling to meet his mother in the queen’s castle, a benevolent friar named Luke looks after Robin until he can travel.

As the months pass, Robin’s body becomes stronger and he is able to start learning how to whittle, swim and mount a horse. From the other friars that live in the convent and a friendly minstrel named John-Go-In-The-Wind, Robin learns the ways of the world such as why the stars shine and how to read and write. With the help of the friars, Robin makes a set of crutches for himself so he can start to depend on himself and become more mobile. Because Robin can move more freely now with the help of his crutches he, John and Friar Luke set out to join Robin’s Godfather in a distant city about two weeks away on horseback and foot.

Meanwhile, war breaks out between the English and the Welsh and the whole town is on lock down. When the three of them arrive at the castle, Robin is the only one who can get help to the town to bring supplies and more men to help win the battle. Robin hurries through the town square and meets John at his mother’s house. John has friends that are soldiers in the neighboring towns so he alerts them to the situation and they come and help.

After the war is over, Robin is congratulated by his friends for his bravery and courage. Robin learned that even though he could not mount a horse and be the knight that he was destined to be he could still make a big difference and save the day.

Contributed by A. Phillips


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.---from the publisher

140 pages 978-0812440973 Ages 9-12

Keywords: medieval times, disability, heroes, Newbery Medal, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, bravery, courage

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