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After being declared a "wolf's head" by his manor's corrupt steward for a crime he didn't commit (meaning that anyone can kill him like a common animal--and collect a reward), this timid boy has to flee a tiny village that's the only world he's ever known. But before our protagonist escapes, Avi makes sure that we're thoroughly briefed on the injustices of feudalism--the countless taxes cottars must pay, the constant violence, the inability of a flawed church to protect its parishioners, etc. Avi then folds in the book's central mystery just as the boy is leaving: "Asta's son," as he's always been known, learns from the village priest that his Christian name is Crispin, and that his parents' origins--and fates--might be more perplexing than he ever imagined.
Providing plenty of period detail (appropriately gratuitous for the age group) and plenty of chase-scene suspense, Avi tells a good story, develops a couple of fairly compelling characters, and even manages to teach a little history lesson. (Fortunately, kids won't realize that they're learning about England's peasant revolt of 1381 until it's far too late.) (Ages 10 to 14) --Paul Hughes
Wonderful beyond all measures. Crispin the cross of lead is very mysterious and scary. I loved the fantastic book of the series it added wonder to my heartPublished 2 hours ago by momof4bees
This is a brilliant book:
1. The plot and prose are both good and something that I could imagine a 12 year old boy getting into (I have two... Read more
My son needed this for a class project. It is a wonderful story (with two other sequels) This is great for any sixth to eighth grader that loves to read and want to read a great... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Donnie Reed
Read this with my 8th graders last year. The students thoroughly enjoyed the story.Published 1 month ago by Palma M. Hudson
The book was damaged on the front and back cover. Torn. When I bought it it stated it was a new book.Published 2 months ago by Devangi Stratman
My daughter was assigned this book for summer reading. I read it along with her really enjoyed the story. There is a lot of intrigue and wonderful characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Neale X. Trangucci
This is a thrilling historical adventure tale and much more engaging than I could possibly have expected. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pop Bop