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Adam of the Road


Author(s):Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s):Robert Lawson
Publisher(s): The Viking Press
Year Published: 1942
Type: Hardcover
Genre: British
Historical Fiction – Renaissance
Age Range: Ages 7-9: Short Chapter Books
This is an All-Time Great Children's Book (ATGCB)
ISBN-10: 0670104353
ISBN-13: 9780140324648
LCCN: 42010681
OCLC: 732688632
Award(s): Junior Literary Guild (1942)
Newbery Medal (1943)


Adam of the Road is a novel by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Gray won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children’s literature in 1943 for this the book. Set in thirteenth-century England, the book follows the adventures of a young boy, Adam. After losing his spaniel and minstrel father, Adam embarks on a series of escapades throughout medieval England. Readers are given an accurate portrayal of medieval culture and society. The book is illustrated by Robert Lawson.  The Newbery Award seal was applied to the dust jacket by the time of the second printing in June 1943. The paper in the first printing is unusually heavy for a war time book, but by the second and third printings, it had noticably decreased in thickness. The green cloth binding of the first printing became blue in subsequent printings. 

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(Adam and Charles Black)
(Adam and Charles Black)