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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My 14yo son and I both read this last summer. It was a part of "Mom's Summer School". I found questions to ask for each chapter online and then had my son write a book... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kym Faulkner
Crispin: The Cross of Lead is about a 13-year old boy named Crispin, running away from his village in medieval England. Why? Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ying Wang
My son was doing an independent project on the Middle Ages and we found this book, which was perfect in setting the stage, giving him the feeling of the time. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Lydia
Awsome execution of old history wrapping the reader in a wonderful story of a orphan claiming a life and freedom !Published 28 days ago by collin
I read this book with my fourth grader. It was excellent. I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next two books.Published 29 days ago by Megan
Crispin: The Cross of Lead has potential to be a great book. The blurb on the back of the book makes it sound like it's a lot better than it actually is. Read morePublished 29 days ago by M. Dodds
Crispin Review (RD)
Have you ever read the book Crispin: The Cross of the Lead by Avi? It is a very interesting book.The book told a story about a 13 year old boy. Read more