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Crispin

The Cross of Lead
Avi (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Crispin


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Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Authors: Avi, 1937-
Title: Crispin
the cross of lead
Publisher: New York :, Hyperion Books For Children,, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,24 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Avi
Summary: Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Medal, 2003
ISBN: 0786808284
9780786808281
0786826479
9780786826476
0786816589
Branch Call Number: y AVI
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Report This Apr 16, 2014
  • OvergrownHobbit rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Sir, you're hurting me." "The Devil take your hurts. Why did you run away?" "I had to." "Had to?" he said, his grasp so hard I thought my arm would snap. "I ... was proclaimed a wolf's head." A wolf's head! In fourteenth-century medieval England, this means you can be killed on sight by anyone. Thirteen-year-old Asta's son, Crispin, doesn't know why he's being falsely accused of stealing, why the extreme step of declaring him a "wolf's head" has been taken or why his enemies are pursuing him so relentlessly. Now he's on the run in a world that is entirely strange to someone who has never left the tiny village in which he was born. His only ally is the enormous man who call himself Bear. Crispin is not entirely sure if Bear is a friend or an enemy. His only clue to the mystery of his situation is the leaden cross that was his mother's only possession. But he lacks the ability to read the words that are inscribed on it. Join Crispin on a race across England to discover who he is and why someone wishes him dead!

Report This Aug 10, 2013
  • careinseattle rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Read it to my 14-year-old and we found it to be predictable and poorly written. Some the character's behaviors were unbelievable and the ending seemed completely unbelievable. Hard to believe this won a Newbery award.

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • davewhitaker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My review here: http://writbywhit.blogspot.com/2013/05/crispin-and-other-stories-of-boys-of.html

Report This Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Exciting, but..

Report This Jun 27, 2011
  • stamats rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read it to my sons ages 11, 9, & 7 and every night they were protesting when it was time to stop. It was probably a little hard for the 7 yr old to follow but some discussions about what they thought was going to happen next cleared things up for him.

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  • violet_ladybug_267 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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  • violet_ladybug_114 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Report This Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

13 year old "Asta's Son" flees his village after being tagged a "wolf's head" and nearly being killed. He learns his real name is Crispin and finds a huge friend named Bear to guide him through the countryside to the truth about his birth.

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