Adam is so excited to finally be on the road with his father, Roger, living the minstrel life. It was what he had always imagined and he couldn't have been happier until his dog, Nick, was stolen by another minstrel. Now Adam is chasing the thief while his father is chasing him. Unfortunately, as people get seperated from each other, Adam learns that not all minstrels are as wonderful and well-received as his father. He learns many lessons about life on the road and the people around him.
My 2nd son actually read this for his bookclub years ago and wanted me to read it and I finally got around to it. Set in 13th century England, it reads easily with enough odd language thrown in to remind that it's another time but not so much that it takes you out of the story. It managed to be realistic rather than fantastical in it's depiction and I think gave a fun impression of what life could have been like for a minstrel boy in that time in a way that children of today could understand and maybe even relate to a bit.
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