Adam of the Road

by Elizabeth Janet Gray
317 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by emmanem

An excellent read with many Christain values and suspense that keeps you reading for hours.


Adam is a young boy who is tired of his life at the monastery, and wants to be a minstrel like his father. So when his father arrives to journey through many places as a minstrel, Adam joyfully joins him, unknowingly starting an adventure with a dog, some minstrels, and many friends.


Jankin, a minstrel, steals some things from Adam, but this is not encouraged. Adam's father gambles and loses his horse. Some monks are called names by thieving minstrels. Adam learns many lessons throughout the book, and perseveres through hard times.

Spiritual Content

Latin prayers are chanted before meals at the Catholic monastery where Adam lives.


Adam falls off of a wall and hits his head. The same minstrels that called the monks names fight the owner of the food they stole.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

Adam and his father drink ale with their food, but nothing else.


This book is wonderful for all ages, and evil is not praised, but look out for the small bit of violence that it has. The morals of the story encourage readers to be as persevering as Adam.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 3.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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Average rating: 5 stars
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