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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
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I really enjoyed this book, but I felt that the beginning was a little slow for me and I found it quite boring some. Read more
I hate d the whole plot and it was just bad and it just didn't fit my liking of books.Published 23 days ago by Andrea Larocque
Haven't used the products purchased for enough time to assess their worth.Published 1 month ago by Gayle Joseph
Terrific read for those who love medieval stories...and those who might if they tried them.The details of life in the 14th century are fascinating without being obtrusive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deborah Bogen - author of The Witch of Leper Cove