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Adam of the Road

Penguin Books / 1987 / Paperback

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Winner of the 1943 Newbery Medal, this medieval-story has captured the imaginations of generations of readers. Adam is 11 years old and son of Roger the Minstrel. When his father disappears and his beloved dog is stolen, Adam searches the roads, fairs, and market towns of Medieval England to find them. An altogether breathtaking work of historical fiction, the story weaves together facts and lore, song and hymn, giving children not only a story that will stay with them, but an accurate picture of Medieval times.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1987
Dimensions: 7.9 X 5 X 0.6 (inches)
ISBN: 014032464X
ISBN-13: 9780140324648
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Ages: 3-5
Series: Newbery Library

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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.

Author Bio

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 inThe Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf). In addition to illustrating many children's books, includingMr. 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 inThey Were Strong and Goodand in 1944, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his middle grade novelRabbit Hill.

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