Adam of the Road (Puffin Modern Classics)

Adam of the Road (Puffin Modern Classics)


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Eleven-year-old Adam loved to travel throughout thirteenthcentury England with his father, a wandering minstrel, and his dog, Nick. But when Nick is stolen and his father disappears, Adam suddenly finds himself alone. He searches the same roads he traveled with his father, meeting various people along the way. But will Adam ever find his father and dog and end his desperate search?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142406595
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/05/2006
Series: Puffin Modern Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 75,888
Product dimensions: 4.94(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Janet Gray (1902–1999) was born and grew up in Philadelphia. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and in the years that followed, under the names Elizabeth Janet Gray and Elizabeth Gray Vining, she wrote many books for adults and children, including the Newbery Award winner Adam of the Road.   During and immediately after World War II, Elizabeth worked for the American Friends Service Committee. In 1946 she was appointed tutor to Crown Prince Akihito of Japan and later wrote the widely read Windows for the Crown Prince. She is the author of several novels and biographies and two autobiographical works.

Robert Lawson (1892–1957) received his art training at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. 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, 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.

Table of Contents

4The Road43
5Going to London55
6A Blush of Boys69
8Red in the Morning95
9Night in Westhumble Lane109
10Here, Nick!125
11Adam Swims the Wey139
12The Ferryman's House149
13Arrows in the King's Forest163
14Adam to the Rescue177
15St. Giles's Fair193
16"The Fall of Adam"209
17Adam Meets Some Minstrels217
18Hue and Cry235
19News of Roger251
20"What Have You Done with Him?"265
21Adam's Song279
22Adam Helps a Plowman293
23Loud Sing Cuckoo!307

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Adam of the Road 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
melopher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the things about Adam of the Road that is unique and pleasing when compared to much modern Junior Fiction is the innocent outlook on life. Even when Adam is displaying less than stellar behavior, such as boasting, he is quick to realize his error and tries afterwards to do better. His faults, and the faults of other characters, aren't emphasized. While it may not be a gritty, realistic view on life, it is rather refreshing. There is also quite a clear picture painted of medieval life, which must be part of the purpose of the book. Adam's adventures continue throughout the book, and it is an entertaining romp. It would probably be a lot of fun to read aloud as well as to oneself. Robert Lawson's illustrations, as usual, are fabulous.
bradleybunch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Isaac, age 10:This is a story a boy named Adam and how he lived at an abbey with his friend named Perkin. His father was a minstrel. He worked very far away so Adam only got to see him once every couple years. One day Adam¿s father came to get him. They travel for the rest of the book. I liked this book because it was funny and there is a lot of action when there are chases. I liked Perkin the best because he lives on a farm and I like farms. I would give this book 7.5 out of 10 and I would recommend it.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"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."Adam is a young boy of eleven, spending his time in school while awaiting the return of his father, a minstrel of some repute, and the resumption of his life with his father on the road. Adam's father does return and together father and son head out on the road but, like all road trips, this adventure has many unexpected twists and turns, including the kidnapping of Adam's beloved dog and Adam's separation from his father. The fun of being on this road with Adam is seeing the people and places of another time, parsons and knights and other minstrels and other travelers.As a librarian, I began to see myself like Roger and Adam, as a kind of minstrel, singing songs, reciting poetry, relating stories. Ah, a new epithet: "Minstrel of the Library."
Barbara_Ell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adam is an 11-year-old mistral in 13th century England. His father is a semi-famous and very talented mistral. Adam's best friend (his dog Nick) is stolen from him, and as he searches for him loses his father, Roger. Living off his wits and talent, Adam takes to the road to find both Nick and Roger.This novel shows the life of a mistral and the adventures he encounters. There are also parts of songs, poems, and tales of the time. This is a Newbery Medal winner, giving great descriptions of 13th century England, its culture and society.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adam goes on the road with his minstrel father and promptly falls into a variety of adventures. I like his quick thinking and the way he takes to heart the lessons his father has taught him over the years. I suspect Ms. Vining's portrayal of medieval times is more sanitary that it was in real life, but overall, very enjoyable.
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reading-princess More than 1 year ago
It had a rather absorbing story, but what i liked the best about it was that it really makes you feel like you are in the mddle ages. It helps you understand the life at that time, how different things were, but at the same time how unchanging feelings are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy name Adam, his dog nick and his father Roger. Adam and his father Roger are minstrels who basically live on the road singing and telling stories to people for money. His dog is a red spaniel and is Adam and Roger¿s only dog. and his father gambled and lost his horse to a guy named Jenkins. Then Jenkins decides he wants the dog more, so he kidnaps the dog. Then Roger and Adam set off to find nick, but have difficulties on the way finding him such as him losses his father and he his harp. And if you want to find out if he finds his dog and father, you have to read the book to find out. It is very suspenseful and full with adventure, which is why I would like to recommend reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me a lot of the Renaissance Festival. I couldn't put the book down it was so good! Great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the kind of book i'm talking about. yes, iknow. it was a little slow at parts but very interesting and enjoyable. i'm not going to tell you about the book because you simply need to find out for yourself.great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! This is an amazing book and I flew through it. The adventures and trials that Adam faces are realistic and I felt as if I was inside the story. This book is definitley worth reading!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book, compared to Catherine, Called Birdy it's great! It has great characters, all the trips they go on, it's just a fantastic book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam of the road is such a good book, I could not put it down. You'll love the characters such as Adam of course, Nick, Roger, and Janken. Adam of the Road is a boy minstrel with an amazing voice. He is on a journey to find his dog, Nick. In the process of doing this, Adam managed to loose his father also. They soon find out that the person who stole Nick was a rotton gambler named Janken. Nick, Adam, and Roger all finally meet up and go on minstreling and finding a new adventure. The thing I most enjoyed about this book was that they go to so many different places and meet so many different people,(my favorite was the ferrymans house)...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam of the road is an awesome book! Anyone who knows how to read would ejoy this book. You would see what it would like to be a minstrel's son in the Middle Ages. There are so many events occuring, you wouldn't want to put it down! We had to read our choice-Midieval books, and out of all I read this was my favorite. It is the only one I read on my free time!! I read it in 1 day. Even if it is not your favorite topic, you should really read this book!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam of the Road is an awesome book. For Language Arts we had to read our choice of Midieval novels, and out of all I read, this was the best. None other compared to it. There are so many occuring events- that you won't want to put it down!!!!! You should read this book even if it isn't your favorite topic. This wasn't my favorite topic, but I read it on my free time!!!!! Anyone who can read will enjoy this outstanding book about a boy searching for his dog and father in the Middle Ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam of the road was a great book it was very thrilling being able to read about Adam and him going on a journey all around. One of my favorite places Adam visited was the inn. But it was very sad when Nick gets stolen. But all of Adams journeys were very interesting. One of my other favorite journeys Adam went on is when he ran through the fields to visit his dog Nick. But i was suprised when I found out his friend was actually his dad. All in all Adam of the Road was a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, Adam of the road, was so good, even I could not put it down, and I am a person that would not read everyday unless I had to.....WOW.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the title explained alot about what the book was about. You can already tell that it is about a boy named Adam who travels on the road to find his father and his red spaniel named nick (dog). He meets many strange people and asked many strange questions. Every person that he talked to, he always seem to ask, 'have you seen a red spaniel and a man?'. Sometimes he got no answers and other times people told him yes and told him which way he saw the man and his dog going. Adam kept looking and looking for his father and his dog.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book 'Adam of the Road' is about a boy in the Medieval times and he is a minstrel. A minstrel was a type of entertainer in the Medieval times. This book is a good book for people who are in to a type of quest. Adam is trying to rescue his stolen dog, and at the same time try to find his dad. The reason I think this book is a good book is because it almost can relate to the problems we have and the ways we use to solve it. But at the same time it has a Medieval twist to it and instead of a kid in schoos it is a boy minstrel, and instead of bullies taking things is it's a boy losing his dad and his dog, and last of all instead of telling a teacher it is the boy goes out and searches almost all of London and the other surrounding counties on foot. I really enjoyed this book and I hope to read more books that are similar to 'Adam of the Road.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam of the road is a great book that I am recomending to you. Reading Adam of the Road I learned a lot about what it would really be like to be in the Middle Ages. During the Course of the book, you will feel suspence, sadness, and adventure. Reading this book gives you information on the Middle Ages in a fun way. The events of this book are amazing. I recomend this book to anybody that loves adventure and likes to read a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam is a menstrel as his father was.This novel is an exciting thriller for family of all ages.The book is mainly about his journey for his long lost dog, and his loving father. As he travels from town to town he meets many new and old faces along the way.You will enjoy this novel so much that you can picture every scene in your imagination.Adam of the Road is a medieval novel with great characteristics and personality, along with excitement.As he travels along the way he faces a great deal of danger and courage making efforts, and pride.I would recomend this novel to who ever not only enjoys reading, but people who love adventures and action packed excitement!!So will it end happily ever after or as a tragity.....Read it and you will find out how it turns out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a novel about an eleven-year-old son of a minstrel in the England of 1294. The boy, Adam Quartermayne, and his dog go on the road with his father. However, his dog gets stolen and Adam becomes separated from his father. The reader follows Adam as he searches for both his pet and his father. Children of ages 8 to 11 would probably enjoy this book which gives them a small glimpse of what life would be like in England during the Middle Ages. This wasnt my favorite book that i've read but it was alright. The book was the 1943 winner of the Newbery Medal for best contribution to children's literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam of the Road is a very adventourous story about a boy losing his dog and his father at the same time. So then sets out on foot to find them both. During his journey he comes upon many interesting poeple that help him while he is trying to find his good friend and his dog, Nick. In the end of the story Adam finds both his dog and his father and he's very happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the novel, Adam of the Road, Adam loses his red spaniel, named, Nick. Adam is a character that everyone likes. You can tell right away that Adam is very friendly and is very sweet, loving, and caring. Adam treats Nick with excellent respect. Adam loves Nick and would do anything for him. Adam is very smart when his dog turns up missing. He plays it cool and doesn't panick. Adam is a delightful character that everyone can relate to in their own way. Adam's goal is to get Nick back. Did Jakin a competing mistreul take him? To find out I would check out this book. I recomend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure and mystery.