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Plot Summary

Robin's father is a knight, and his mother is an attendant to the queen. In medieval times, a young man of Robin's standing should also train for knighthood. But after Robin's father leaves for war and his mother goes to a secret location to attend to the queen, Robin becomes ill and loses the use of his legs. Brother Luke comes to Robin's aid. He not only brings the boy to live in the monastery, but he helps Robin regain some physical strength and teaches him to hone talents that don't require the use of his legs.

Robin and Brother Luke eventually join a man named Sir Peter and live at his palace. When it comes under attack, Robin alone is able to escape and call in reinforcements. Robin's parents visit at Christmastime, and the king rewards Robin for his bravery in saving Sir Peter's castle.

Christian Beliefs

Brother Luke prays with Robin on a number of occasions. He encourages the boy to maintain a positive attitude of faith and thanksgiving. Through his compassion for Robin, as well as for the sick and poor who pass through the monastery, Brother Luke is a Christlike example of being a servant. Robin sings "Gloria" ("Angels We Have Heard on High") and plays his harp after being honored by the king.

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Authority Roles

Despite Robin's fear that people will think less of him because he can't walk, Robin's parents and all in Sir Peter's household respect and admire how Robin has handled his physical challenges. Brother Luke, Robin's most constant companion, attends first to Robin's basic needs for food, shelter and healing. He then encourages Robin in other pursuits, such as woodcarving. He attends to Robin's spiritual needs as well, giving him opportunities to pray and learn about church history. He explains that we all have "walls" in our lives (Robin's wall being his leg problems), but we must find the "door in the wall" rather than surrender to self-pity and despair.





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Readability Age Range

10 and up


Marguerite DiAngeli






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Doubleday Books for Young Readers


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Year Published



Newbery Medal, 1950


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