The Door in the Wall (Paperback)
Winner of the Newbery Award, this -enthralling and inspiring tale of triumph. . . . make s] life in England during the Middle Ages come alive- (The New York Times).
Ever since he can remember, Robin, child of Sir John de Bureford, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman. He must learn the ways of knighthood. But Robin's destiny is changed suddenly when he falls ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing a plague, his servants abandon him, and Robin is left alone.
A monk named Brother Luke rescues Robin and takes him to the hospice of St. Mark's, where he is taught woodcarving and patience and strength. Says Brother Luke, -Thou hast only to follow the wall far enough and there will be a door in it.-
Robin learns soon enough what Brother Luke means. When the great castle of Lindsay is in danger, Robin discovers that there is more than one way to serve his king.
-A poignant story, full of action, and a strongly painted canvas of the times as well.- --The New Yorker