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The author of the book: Elizabeth Gray Vining
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780833508393
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 852 KB
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: November 1st 1987
ISBN: 0833508393

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I picked up Adam of the Road at a library sale several months ago for a dollar. As a Newbery Award winner in 1943, it was one of those books that I remember seeing frequently during my childhood but had never read. And it fits into one of the squares in my 2016 Classics Bingo card, so here we are!

Adam of the Road is the story of a couple of years in the life of a young boy who is a minstrel in training in England in the late 1200s. Adam’s father Roger is a quite successful minstrel who has left his eleven year old son at a monk’s school for several months, while he went to a minstrel’s school in France to learn more romantic songs and tales to tell the lords and ladies. Adam pines to leave the school and learn to be a minstrel like his father, so he’s overjoyed when Roger picks him up and takes him ― and Adam’s dog Nick, a beautiful red spaniel that Adam loves with all his heart ― on Roger’s journey with Sir Edmund, who employs him.

It’s an enjoyable life for a young boy, and Roger is a loving though slightly flawed father: he loses his money and a valuable war horse (which was a gift from Sir Edmund) in gaming with another minstrel, Jankin.

Jankin manages to ride the horse lame and, when he meets up with Roger and Adam on the road, decides to surreptitiously “trade” the horse for Adam’s dog Nick. Frantically attempting to chase down the dognapper, Adam gets separated from his father, and in trying to find each other, they only get farther apart. (It made me appreciate cell phones!)

The rest of the book relates Adam’s adventures on the road, trying to find both his father and his dog, and to make a living as a minstrel when he can. It’s a rather episodic tale, as Adam wanders from place to place, meeting new friends and enemies, dealing with robbers and thieves, but also being helped repeatedly by kindhearted people, and learning a few things along the way (like not being a braggart).

The tale is told simply, on a middle-grade level, but the author did her research and various details of life in 1290’s England fill the story. It’s a little superficial, and we don't get to know any of the characters well except for Adam and his father. But it's a good reminder of how different life in general, and expectations about entertainment in particular, were at that time. The story is infused with a 1940s kind of sweetness and optimism that is typical of children’s lit of that time. Those who like nostalgic children’s literature may really enjoy it. I was a little bored, and I tend to think most kids would be as well, but if you have one who needs to read a book about life in medieval England for whatever reason, you could do worse than Adam of the Road.

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Ebook Adam of the Road read Online! Elizabeth Gray Vining began her distinguished writing career with children's books because she said "they enjoy their books so much, read and re-read them—which is satisfying to a hard-working author." Later she began to write for adults as well, and they, too, read and re-read her books. among the most popular of these books are Windows for the Crown Prince, The Virginia Exiles, Friend of Life, Take Heed of Loving Me, and Flora.
—From the back of "Return To Japan"
Elizabeth Janet Gray, also known as Elizabeth Gray Vining, was a prominent Quaker, known for having gone to Japan after World War II to tutor Emperor Akihito of Japan in English while he was the Crown Prince. She was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and a noted author of children's and adult literature. She won the Newbery Award for Adam of the Road, published in 1942.

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