Adam of the Road (Puffin Modern Classics)

Adam of the Road (Puffin Modern Classics)

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by Elizabeth Janet Gray, Robert Lawson
     
 

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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

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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?

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Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
The year is 1294; the hero, 11-year-old Adam Quartermayne, good-natured son of "Roger the minstrel." Shortly after the story opens, Adam has a joyous reunion with his father, who's been gone five months. Upon his return, (along with Adam's beloved dog, Nick), they set off on the road together. Life goes smoothly until Roger gambles away both money and horse to fellow minstrel Jankin. Things get even worse when Jankin steals Nick and Adam gives chase, losing Roger. Over a period of many months and miles, Adam goes it alone, searching for Roger and depending on strangers: "Adam knew why Roger said the road was home to the minstrel. It was because people were kind." Along the way, the reader gets a good feel for the time period and, by journey's end, Adam has found both father and dog once again. Although over sixty years old, Gray's story (like Avi's Crispin: The Cross Of Lead, another Newbery-winner recounting roughly the same time period) remains one that today's reader can relate to: "If [grown-ups] told you anything, they expected you to remember it forever… when you told them something half the time they forget it…" Engaging and beautifully written, Adam and his travels are worth the journey, but frequent use of words like "demesne," "villein," "reeve," and "hauberk" make me question the "Ages 8 and up" readership the publisher claims. The illustrations by Lawson (also a Newbery winner) are perfect, and their placement directly before the chapter creates a nice sense of anticipation.

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:
231,073
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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 in The Story of Ferdinand (by Munro Leaf). In addition to illustrating many children's books, including Mr. 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 in They Were Strong and Good and in 1944, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his middle grade novel Rabbit Hill.

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Adam of the Road 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a good medieval book you should check out Adam of the Road. This lengthy journey by a minstrel's son takes place in the time of the middle ages. After losing his much-loved father and dog, Adam is all alone on the open road, the minstrel's home. Find out what happens in this exciting Newberry-Award book as his travels over England unfold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam is a very smart and self-confidence. He is a loving and caring boy. He loves to be on the road. This book is about how he travels on the road and the people that he meets. It is also about a boy that lost is dad and dog, so he travel the road looking for his lost family. The book is interesting because you'll never know what would happen next. I hope you find this book as interesting as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the title of my review, I wish there could be 0 stars. I had to read this for a school assignment, and I litterally fell asleep reading this book! It was about this boy in medevil times being a 'minstrel', a terrible entertainer that tells stories and plays the harp, and he loses his father trying to find his dog [what a loser!] I wish Will Smith was Adam instead, it would be WAY better, funnier, and enjoyable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book ever! I do not recomend this book to anyone. It dragged on. I can barely finish this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at all. it was very boring and confusing. I started the book, but never finished it because I couldn't focus beacause it was so boring. I'm NEVER reading one of elizabeth gray's books again.