This book is written by Marguerite De Angeli. It was awarded the 1950 Newberry Medal.
In a world of political correctness, over doing the political correctness, and stripping authors of distinctions due to works being supposedly “non-inclusive” when all they are doing is reflecting the society the author grew up in, this book is a rare gem no one seems to remember or have heard of.
The book opens with Robin, the 10 year-old protagonist, in the middle of being sick with what is most likely the plague of medieval England. Robin’s family is one of great importance and he is expected to fulfill those expectations. Yet Robin doesn’t know how to read and finds himself handicapped by his physical ailments. Robin is also left by his caretakers and help finds him in a way he wasn’t expecting.
The story is well-written, tone is calm, and the lesson to be taught that recovery and strength takes time and practice and that strength is found in unexpected ways after much preparation.
I wish this book was read in schools.