Winner of the 1943 Newbery Award for children’s literature.
An above-average novel of the Middle Ages, set in 1294-95, in the reign of King Edward I. Adam is the 11-year-old son of a popular minstrel, Roger. He is a harpist and has learned to read and write English and Latin and to speak French. As the book opens, Roger takes Adam and his dog Nick to London, where Adam learns about the ways of a great lord’s household. Eventually, they set out to go to the fair at Winchester, where Roger plans major entertainments. But on the way, Nick is stolen by a rival minstrel. It’s bit of a slow start, but when a kid’s dog gets stolen, it’s hard not to connect. From there on, the book was very involving and exciting.
While chasing the dog thief, Adam is separated from his father. The rest of the story relates Adam’s adventures as he goes from town to town, singing for his supper and looking for his dog and his father. It’s pretty exciting stuff when he escapes from robbers and when he gets involved with some dishonest minstrels. If you have children or grandchildren who need to read an historical novel, the Middle Ages are likely to be a new era for them. This is a great choice.
Bounces around, buts still good.
I was engrossed in this story. Especially after Nick was stolen; the adventures Adam experiences on the road and the people he meets is heartwarming and exciting. I didn't realize what minstrelsy was until reading Adam of the Road. A great read. You'll like it!
Such a great book!!
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