Door in the Wall (A Yearling Newbery Edition)

Door in the Wall (A Yearling Newbery Edition)

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Item #: 007300
ISBN: 9780440402831
Grades: 4-10

Product Description:

1950 Newbery Medal winner. Set in medieval England, a young boy named Robin desires to learn the ways of knighthood, but falls ill and loses the use of his legs. A kindly monk shows him how even someone who cannot walk is needed.

Category Description for Progeny Press Study Guides & Books:

Among the many companies that offer a literature guide or study guide to use with a novel, Progeny Press does a beautiful job incorporating scripture into their literary analysis. I like how their guides begin with more basic comprehension questions and evolve into more challenging questions that encourage deeper thinking. Think of it as moving from who, what and where into the how and why’s. With Progeny Press, students are asked to draw comparisons between the literature they are reading and the Bible. Your student will use their own Bible in their preferred version.

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Progeny Press has many titles to choose from. The age groups overlap in places because, well, that is not an exact science, is it? One student may read a book at age 10 and another at age 14. The age groups help a parent determine if the novel’s content is likely appropriate for a child’s age. Reading comprehension and literary analysis are an important component of any ELA year. A typical number of novels with guides is 4-6 a year, or 2-3 per semester. Some novels may take only a couple weeks to complete, while others take up to 8 weeks. Guides are currently available as softcover books, PDF format on CD-ROM, or PDF downloads available directly from the publisher at ( The guides are reproducible within one classroom or family.

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  • introduction of literary terms
  • vocabulary exercises for each section of reading
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  • a complete answer key and suggestions for further reading

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Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Digest Paperback
Reprint, Illustrated
Series Title
Yearling Newbery Ser.
10 to 12
Elementary/High School
Marguerite De Angeli
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Bantam, Doubleday and Dell
0.2125 (lbs.)
7.75" x 5.25" x 0.31"
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Why did you choose this?
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Excellent story about faith, overcoming obstacles, and keeping positive. It's a fun read that boys really enjoy.
Lori B on Jul 22, 2023
Required book for St. Justin's Academy
Aleksandra S on Aug 22, 2022
Excellent story about faith, overcoming obstacles, and keeping positive. It's a fun read that boys really enjoy.
Lori B on Jul 22, 2023
good story, school required reading
Kristy O on May 6, 2023
Required book for St. Justin's Academy
Aleksandra S on Aug 22, 2022
to supplement our history studies
Julianna K on Aug 11, 2022
co-op teacher choice
Charlotte E on Aug 9, 2022
This is an excellent novel. It has been read multiple times in my household both as a requirement for literature and history classes and for pleasure. We are in need of a new copy since we have worn out our old one.
Shawna J on Jul 31, 2022
This is one of my favorite read-aloud books. I am replacing a copy that I gave to a friend
Carolyn V on Jul 28, 2022
Melissa W on Jul 27, 2022
To give as gifts for the students I tutor in our Classical Conversations class
Kristi L on Apr 24, 2022
school curriculum requirement
Lisa S on Jul 30, 2021
It's part of our My Father's World curriculum
Delena S on Jul 23, 2021
It's part of our history curriculum.
Laura L on Aug 16, 2020
This is a great book for upper elementary of junior high school students.
Kyle M on Apr 24, 2020
It is a great book. It is also on our reading list for 7th grade.
Genevie D on Apr 23, 2020
for school
Megan R on Sep 3, 2019
Assigned from out Co-op
April H on Jul 12, 2019
A classic that the public library will not be replacing after it wears out.
Jessica C on Nov 18, 2018
It was recommended for History Odyssey. I think that my son will like it.
User on Aug 11, 2018
home school history study
laura p on Apr 25, 2018
School curriculum
Jessica L on Apr 20, 2018
Cassandra K on Jan 17, 2018
required curriculum
Jessica L on Oct 27, 2017
required grade level reading
Michele H on Jun 22, 2017
We are studying the Middle Ages and this is a good story set around that time.
Sarah T on Oct 5, 2016
For our history curriculum
Elizabeth M on Sep 5, 2016
recommended reading for 7th grade
Yazbet Z on Feb 11, 2016
This looks like an interesting for my child to read.
Cheryl C on Jan 11, 2016
I bought the book to go with the study guide.
Paula H on Jan 11, 2016
good story, school required reading
Kristy O on May 6, 2023
to supplement our history studies
Julianna K on Aug 11, 2022
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We just finished reading "The Door in the Wall" as a read-aloud and my 7 year old daughter loved it as much as I did It is full of medieval topics such as feudalism the plague (not graphic) England at war the layout of a castle and much more The story of Robin is inspiring and filled with good morals which makes this book a wonderful read If you choose to have your child read this book independently you must take the time to discuss it with them it will enrich any study of the Middle Ages
January 24, 2008

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