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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.
I think Crispin and The Cross of Lead is an awesome book ,Crispin is a well formed character in a great plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lyla T.
This book got assigned to me in my Social Studies class this year, after I read through 22 pages, I unexpectedly started projectile vomiting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by klay world fan
I liked the book, but it was kind of hard to understand. Definitely still reading the next in the series.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Cianciolo
I read this book to my ten year old daughter. She is a product of her times. She has been conditioned by movies, television and popular books to expect high intensity... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marco Antonio Abarca
This book keep you entertain all th through out the story. Keeps your imagination flowing and make you feel the injustice, terror but also happiness.Published 2 months ago by RamosBoy