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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.
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my 14 year old whom doesn't like historical fiction enjoyed it for a book reportPublished 1 month ago by LVIUTAH
After I read 3 pages of this book, I could not sleep. This book is so boring. I thought Crispin was a girl because he acts like a girl. This book is so stupid. Do not buy.Published 1 month ago by J. Munn
I think Crispin and The Cross of Lead is an awesome book ,Crispin is a well formed character in a great plot. Read morePublished 3 months 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 3 months ago by klay world fan