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Adam of the Road (Puffin Newbery Library)


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ISBN13: 9780140324648
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Awarded 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.


The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

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Robert Lawson (1892-1957) received his art training at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. His favorite medium, pen and ink, is used expressively and with detail in his black and white illustrations in���The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf). In addition to illustrating many children's books, including���Mr. Popper's Penguins, Robert Lawson also wrote and illustrated a number of his own books for children. In 1940, he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his picture book illustrations in���They Were Strong and Good���and in 1944, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his middle grade novel���Rabbit Hill.

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Babs, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Babs)
This Newberry classic is meant for younger readers than Robert Louis Stevenson’s Black Arrow. Set at the end of the 13th century in King Edward’s England, this story involves a minstrel boy who in seeking his lost dog also loses his father. As he travels around the country side surrounding London the reader gains a picture of life for the various levels of society in the Middle Ages. The differences in the ethical viewpoints of the characters add an interesting dimension to the tale. As Adam desperately attempts to find his father who believes that “the road” is a holy thing that must be respected and repaired and who sings and tells tales with a moral purpose, he encounters other minstrels who rely on rowdy stories and stealing to make their days survivable.
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Lawson, Robert
Lawson, Robert
Gray, Elizabeth Janet
Vining, Elizabeth Gray
Puffin Books
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Middle ages
England Fiction.
Newbery Medal.
Fathers and sons
Historical - Medieval
Childrens classics
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Newbery Library, Puffin
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
November 1987
Grade Level:
from P up to K
7.94x5.02x.59 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:

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