1943: Adam of the Road (a walking tour of England)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 3/5

Elizabeth Gray’s Adam of the Road is a light, breezy read that explores the bonds of friendship and family. Adam, a young boy, sets outs to find his father and his stolen dog and ends up meeting some new people along his travels. Much of the book is set on the road, allowing the reader to be immersed into the culture of medieval England. The travelogue aspect of the book is a great way to show younger readers what this time period was like.

There is not much to say about this book. It’s a satisfying historical read, but there is not much characterization or excitement contained within it. The main character, Adam, was quite likeable. Though plenty naive and young, his loyalty to his friends and dog shines through, making it easy to look up to him as an nontraditional hero. He stays true to his desire to become a minstrel and never strays from his path.

While this book is an okay read, there is nothing that makes it particularly memorable. The plot, characters, and dialogue are straightforward and uncomplicated. The ending, itself, is predictable, and there are no surprises throughout Adam’s journey.

The medieval time period is the main drawing point of Adam of the Road. Children who enjoy that setting will find this book worthy of their attention.

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