The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite De Angeli
Robin is a young boy who looses the use of his legs when he becomes ill. His mother is tending the Queen and his father is fighting in the north. After his caretakers become ill, a wandering friar comes to get Robin and takes him to a monastery where he cares for Robin and sends a message to his father informing him of his son’s condition.
Robin’s father does respond and Robin is to meet his dad at a castle near the Welsh border. Well, it is a perilous journey, but our intrepid Robin and his companion make the trek. What is in store for Robin when he arrives at the castle? Good question, I’m glad you asked. 🙂
“None of us is perfect. It is better to have crooked legs than a crooked spirit. We can only do the best we can with what we have. That, after all, is the measure of success: what we do with what we have.” ~Brother Luke
I liked this book. I just thought, kids today, wouldn’t be interested in the old English. But, it was a good story and Robin has quite an adventure. ****4.5 stars!
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
Professor William Waterman Sherman departs San Francisco in a hot air balloon. He intends to soar around the globe, but after a few days of good flying, circumstances land him on Krakatoa!
I thought this book would be great for kids who enjoy science, inventions, and ballooning. There are interesting illustrations in the story. Discussion about what happened to Krakatoa would be educational. I watched a television show on PBS once about Krakatoa and it was so captivating. I was completely focused on that catastrophic event in history as I watched the special! I think I digressed a little bit but the book is good. 4.5 **** stars.
“We couldn’t see what was left of Krakatoa because it was wrapped in a thick huge tremendously tall black cloud of pumice, ashes, smoke, lava, dirt . . . “
Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold
I thought this story is more about Andy and his dad than it is about Onion John. There is a strong sense of community in this book! Onion John was an interesting character. He seems eccentric and has difficulty communicating with people. He’s a pleasant guy and Andy becomes his friend and understands him. 4****stars.
“He was like the street lights turning up after supper when it got dark. Or the afternoon shadows moving under the locust trees in the park across from the courthouse. He was there when you were on your way to school . . . He was always around.”
Have you read any of these books? I’d like to hear from you. Enjoy!