Fine fast read about a crippled boy who learns that he is greater than the sum of his parts. Lots of Christian ideals, but it didn't feel too preachy to me or my daughter. It supported moral behavior without making it medicinal tasting.
A lovely romantic book, focusing on how a loving parent would react to disability, instead of how real medieval nobles would have likely reacted... BUT - it is marvelously well done. I loved _The Door in the Wall_ as a child, and I still love it now.
Pounced on a replacement copy immediately upon seeing it, two weeks ago. My original copy has been lost for nearly a decade. I read this first probably in the late 70s.
'And she will say, "I'll bake thee a bannock,"' has always been one of my most favorite parts. Falling from directions - how to get to the house - into a very motherly response to a guest. -grin-
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
ISBN 0440402832 - A Newbery Award Medal Winner and winner of the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, The Door in the Wall is an excellent book about finding your own way.
Robin's father is off fighting for the king, his mother is lady-in-waiting to the queen and the plague is sweeping through London. Robin finds himself alone and unable to use his legs; he tries to be brave as a knight should be, but he's scared and feeling bad for himself. When Brother Luke finds him and brings him to the hospice, he tells Robin that if he comes to a wall, and follows the wall far enough, he will find a door. Robin doesn't understand what this means, but he trusts the friar and learns from him.
Robin's wall is that he's unable to walk alone and his worries that he'll let his father down because he cannot become a knight. With the help of the friars, he finds his door in that wall and becomes stronger, just in time. The castle of Lindsay is under seige and Robin is the only one who can save them all.
The language is old-fashioned and there's a sentence or two that were difficult for me to make sense of, so that might be a barrier for the young reader. Still, more than worth the time it took to read, even for adults!