Adam of the Road

Newbery Library, Puffin

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Author: Elizabeth Janet Gray

Illustrator: Robert Lawson

1943 Newbery Medal Winner! Eleven-year-old Adam loves to travel the open roads of thirteenth-century England with his father, Roger, a roving minstrel, and his red spaniel, Nick. "A road's a kind of holy thing," Roger tells 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." Adam remembers his father's words when his beloved dog, Nick, is stolen and his father disappears. Now alone on those same great roads, Adam sets off to search the fairs and market towns for his missing father and stolendog. Filled with fascinating details of medieval life, this is a lively, captivating tale. With pen-and-ink illustrations by Newbery and Caldecott Medalist Robert Lawson. Ages 8 — 12. 317pp.