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ISBN13: 9780786816583
ISBN10: 0786816589
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2003 Newbery Medal Winner

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"Asta's son" is all he's ever been called. The lack of name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in fourteenth-century medieval England. But this thirteen-year-old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself with even less — no home, family, or possessions. Accused of a crime he did not commit, he has been declared a "wolf's head." That means he may be killed on sight, by anyone. If he wishes to remain alive, he must flee his tiny village. All the boy takes with him is a newly revealed name — Crispin — and his mother's cross of lead.

His journey through the English countryside is amazing and terrifying. Especially difficult is his encounter with the juggler named Bear. A huge, and possibly even mad, man, Bear forces the boy to become his servant. Bear, however, is a strange master, for he encourages Crispin to think for himself.

Though Bear promises to protect Crispin, the boy is being relentlessly pursued. Why are his enemies so determined to kill him? Crispin is gradually drawn right into his enemies' fortress where — in a riveting climax — he must become a different person if he is to save Bear's life and his own.

He discovers that by losing everything, he has gained the most precious gift of all: a true sense of self.

A master of breathtaking plot twists and vivid characters, Avi brings the full force of his storytelling powers to the world of medieval England.

Review:

"Set in 14th-century England, Avi's (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle) 50th book begins with a funeral, that of a village outcast whose past is shrouded in mystery and whose adolescent son is known only as 'Asta's son.' Mired in grief for his mother, the boy learns his given name, Crispin, from the village priest, although his presumably dead father's identity remains obscure. The words etched on his mother's treasured lead cross may provide some clue, but the priest is murdered before he can tell the illiterate lad what they say. Worse, Crispin is fingered for the murder by the manor steward, who declares him a 'wolf's head' wanted dead or alive, preferably dead. Crispin flees, and falls in with a traveling juggler. 'I have no name,' Crispin tells Bear, whose rough manners and appearance mask a tender heart. 'No home, no kin, no place in this world.' How the boy learns his true identity (he's the bastard son of the lord of the manor) and finds his place in the world makes for a rattling fine yarn. Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns and treachery aplenty, but it's the compellingly drawn relationship between Crispin and Bear that provides the heart of this story. A page turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The accent, pacing, and inflection of this skilled narrator make it possible for listeners to enter fully into the struggles of life in 14th century England from the perspective of a wide cast of characters." School Library Journal

Review:

"Exciting and true to the past, this novel is historical fiction at its finest." VOYA

Synopsis:

H "Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns, and treachery aplenty. . . . A page-turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) H " . . . [T]he book is a page-turner from beginning to end . . . [A] meticulously crafted story, full of adventure, mystery, and action." -School Library Journal (starred review) "Historical fiction at its finest."-VOYA

Synopsis:

Winner of the 2003 Newbery Medal. In medieval England, 13-year-old Crispin has no home, family, or possessions. Accused of a crime he didn't commit, he takes his mother's cross of lead and begins an amazing and terrifying journey across the English countryside.

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Ausz129, March 28, 2011 (view all comments by Ausz129)
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I recommend the book Crispin Cross Of Lead, a John Newbery Medal winner by Avi to kids anywhere from the ages of ten to fourteen. This book is two hundred and ninety seven pages and I recommend it for people reading in a book group. If you want to learn more about the Middle Ages this is the book for you. It is based in England the year 1377 A.D. This book is about a boy who has lost his Mom and is now trying to find his place in life and figure out who he is. Luckily for him he comes upon a person who goes by the name Bear. Bear starts off as his master but turns into his teacher and friend. To Crispin Bear is like the father he never knew. To Bear, Crispin is a student who can carry on his wisdom through the world. Crispin becomes an open target to kill for anyone who sees him and Bear helps him through this. To find out if Crispin makes it and Bear has a student for life, READ THE BOOK!!
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Spencer R, March 17, 2011 (view all comments by Spencer R)
The book crispin the cross of lead, I thought was an okay book not the best it would be a really good book for a book group lots to discuss the starting and the some of the book is just boring it just goes on and on but some parts are really good overall this is a really good book i recommend it to 6th graders and up

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mizzy, August 26, 2007 (view all comments by mizzy)
We had to read this book for school. and we had to read it during the summer! it was terrible! i didnt even finish it! it was just soooo boring. the coolest part was like the last 3 chapters and that was still stupid. why would john aycliffe wait until bear was out of jail to try and kill crispin? he could've just done it while crispin was dragging bear out. i thought the book was terrible and so did all my friends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786816583
Author:
Avi
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Author:
A, V.
Author:
I
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Historical - Medieval
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
History
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
Religious - Other
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
TradePB
Series:
Crispin
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.1875 in 9.84 oz
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 320 pages Hyperion Paperbacks for Children - English 9780786816583 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in 14th-century England, Avi's (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle) 50th book begins with a funeral, that of a village outcast whose past is shrouded in mystery and whose adolescent son is known only as 'Asta's son.' Mired in grief for his mother, the boy learns his given name, Crispin, from the village priest, although his presumably dead father's identity remains obscure. The words etched on his mother's treasured lead cross may provide some clue, but the priest is murdered before he can tell the illiterate lad what they say. Worse, Crispin is fingered for the murder by the manor steward, who declares him a 'wolf's head' wanted dead or alive, preferably dead. Crispin flees, and falls in with a traveling juggler. 'I have no name,' Crispin tells Bear, whose rough manners and appearance mask a tender heart. 'No home, no kin, no place in this world.' How the boy learns his true identity (he's the bastard son of the lord of the manor) and finds his place in the world makes for a rattling fine yarn. Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns and treachery aplenty, but it's the compellingly drawn relationship between Crispin and Bear that provides the heart of this story. A page turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The accent, pacing, and inflection of this skilled narrator make it possible for listeners to enter fully into the struggles of life in 14th century England from the perspective of a wide cast of characters."
"Review" by , "Exciting and true to the past, this novel is historical fiction at its finest."
"Synopsis" by ,
H "Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns, and treachery aplenty. . . . A page-turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) H " . . . [T]he book is a page-turner from beginning to end . . . [A] meticulously crafted story, full of adventure, mystery, and action." -School Library Journal (starred review) "Historical fiction at its finest."-VOYA
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 2003 Newbery Medal. In medieval England, 13-year-old Crispin has no home, family, or possessions. Accused of a crime he didn't commit, he takes his mother's cross of lead and begins an amazing and terrifying journey across the English countryside.
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