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eBook Adam of the Road ePub

by Robert Lawson,Elizabeth Janet Gray

  • ISBN: 0670104353
  • Category: Literature and Fiction
  • Subcategory: Teens
  • Author: Robert Lawson,Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Viking Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1942)
  • Pages: 317
  • ePub book: 1935 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1794 kb
  • Other: lit mobi txt docx
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 404


A Newbery Medal WinnerAwarded the John Newbery Medal as "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" in the year of its publication. "A road's a kind of holy thing," said Roger the Minstrel to his son, Adam. "That's why it's a good work to keep a road in repair, like giving alms to the poor or tending the sick. It's open to the sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together. And it's home to a minstrel, even though he may happen to be sleeping in a castle." And Adam, though only eleven, was to remember his father's words when his beloved dog, Nick, was stolen and Roger had disappeared and he found himself traveling alone along these same great roads, searching the fairs and market towns for his father and his dog.

Here is a story of thirteenth-century England, so absorbing and lively that for all its authenticity it scarcely seems "historical." Although crammed with odd facts and lore about that time when "longen folke to goon on pilgrimages," its scraps of song and hymn and jongleur's tale of the period seem as newminted and fresh as the day they were devised, and Adam is a real boy inside his gay striped surcoat."Engaging and beautifully written."—Children's Literature

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Ces Ces
Adam of the Road is a gentle adventure. It's an adventure because eleven-year-old Adam wanders alone through fields, forests, and cities, in freezing weather, without adequate food or clothing or money. It's gentle because despite the actual and potential dangers and hardships of Adam's journey, the story is never really scary or upsetting. Sometimes impetuous and sometimes sweet, Adam has an unusual combination of courage and innocence. There are a few anachronisms - the service of Evensong developed some three hundred years after the time of this book - but I've seen similar anomalies in other writings from the mid-twentieth century. I think some details of history were just not as well known then, and anyway this does not detract from Adam's story. I liked Adam and wanted him to succeed, but I didn't feel close to him. I enjoyed the book, and I think for a children's book written in the 1940s it was quite an accomplishment.
Danrad Danrad
Happy to find this book, one of my favorites from my childhood. I read it out loud to my adult daughter as we accomplished a long drive from the northern edge of the U.S. to the southern. She was impressed by the development of the story and the fleshing out of the characters. The author also did a wonderful job of bringing this period to life.
Bluddefender Bluddefender
If you're a fan of "road books," (or, as they're more fancifully called, "picaresques"), then ADAM OF THE ROAD should be in your to-be-read pile. The 317 pages -- seemingly too many for a kids' book -- turn like some book in a spring breeze thanks to the ease of its style and the friendliness of its young protagonist, 11-year-old Adam. The boy, a minstrel like his father, Roger, is thoroughly modern in that he loves adventure, dogs, showing off, and being in the thick of the action. This last trait will serve the reader well once Adam gets separated from his father and sees his dog, Nick, snatched. While searching desperately for both, Adam meets all manner of medieval folk, kind and surly, rich and poor, through the rest of the novel. Meanwhile, author Elizabeth Janet Gray embeds details of everyday life in England back then, especially the ins and outs of minstrelsy.

It's hard to believe that young readers would object to such an accessible book, but if it's assigned in class, the length and the slow start (typical of older books, where exposition at a book's beginning was de rigueur) may prove two strikes against it from the get-go. A teacher should also take time to introduce it, share some background information on the history and vocabulary, and finally get it off the ground with some spirited dramatic reading. With all that, I see no reason why kids would NOT enjoy Adam's vicarious friendship as he wanders about England on his quest. Really. It's old-school charming and fun, the type of book we adults read and say, "How did I miss THIS as a kid?" Luckily, for the young at heart, books can take you back to the halcyon days with the greatest of ease. Recommended.
Goltigor Goltigor
Glad to have found this book again. I enjoyed it as a child. A fun view of medieval life from the perspective of a young minstrel, who encounters people from all walks of life while searching for his lost father and stolen dog.
funike funike
In good shape and clean
Zonama Zonama
We are a home schooling family and my son is 11. He is taking an online Writing class and this is one of the books he was required to read. Out of all the books he has read in this past year, this one was his very favorite. An easy and fun read filled with adventure. I highly recommend it. I also highly recommend The King's Shadow.
Talrajas Talrajas
Good book, classic story, a little slow and dry for modern kids, but they enjoy it once they get into the story.
I like that it in low reading ability and high interest level. It is about the Middle Ages, which appeals to this group of students.