Adam of the Road - by Elizabeth Gray
1943 Newbery Medal Winner
Eleven-year-old Adam loved to travel throughout thirteenth century 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? It is a lively story of a young boy moving into manhood and is an accurate picture of life in those days and includes mention of the Magna Carta and the House of Commons.
About the Author: Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining (1902-1999), born Elizabeth Janet Gray and also known as Elizabeth Gray Vining, was a professional librarian who tutored Emperor Akihito of Japan in English while he was the Crown Prince. (She also tutored other members of the Imperial Household: Prince Hitachi and Princesses Kazuko, Atsuko, and Takako.) For her work, she was awarded the Third Order of the Sacred Crown. A Quaker, she was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was an author with over 60 works, and was awarded a Newbery medal for Adam of the Road. She was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, class of 1923.