nb, April 8, 2007 (view all comments by nb)
The book I read is called Crispin. I think Crispin was a very good book for many reasons. Crispin is about a boy called Asta’s son (Asta was his mother). Asta has just passed away and her son is now an orphan. Asta’s son finds out that his steward, John Ayclife, id out to kill him. Asta’s son sets off on an adventure were he will learn about himself and will meet a few friends and enemies on the way.
When I decided to read Crispin I thought it would be just a easy read with a boring historical plot. Although when I started reading, I couldn’t put down my book. Also, while I was reading I couldn’t help but marvel at Avi’s writing style. I have read two other books of his. Crispin and the other two, all three of them took place in three totally different periods in time. Lastly, when I finished Crispin I was disappointed. Not because it was bad but because I wanted to know more of what happens to this character.
Crispin was a very historically accurate book. I actually learned from it too. Avi was very good with making the book interesting but also the content correct. The names of the social classes were right and so were all the facts. Crispin brought everything I knew about the Middle Ages and more into a fun, exhilarating book.
Crispin is a great book no matter what your age. You will learn form it whether you are five or fifty. Avi proves that you can turn history into something fun and interesting. I love this book and I know you will too.
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bardia neshati, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by bardia neshati)
This book, Crispin is about a poor boy named Crispin and about how his mother died early on his life and something happened to his father before he was born. Even though I think that you could learn a lot from this book, I do not recommend this book to anybody because it’s a very sad book and if you do not like to have your time wasted reading a very sad story thinking it would happen to you then this isn’t the right book for you. He didn’t find out about the big tragedy about his father until the middle of the book. Towards the middle of the book when he figured out about the tragedy that happened to his father it was said that this tragedy happened before Crispin’s birth. The only help he has now is from the priest and from himself.
The evidence that this is a sad book is that he had to suffer because of all these tragedies that happened to his parents. Instead he had to learn to mostly take care of himself, even though maybe the priest could give him just a little bit of help and support. Also another example would be that even when his parents were okay he always thought about the sad memories with his parents and not the good memories. I think that this book is historically accurate because at his age in the medieval times people either had a life on their own, or was married which would’ve been even harder because you would have to take care of your spouses. In the book Crispin, he practiced being on his own. In the book Crispin by Avi I don’t think that Crispin is a book worth reading. This is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. It turns out that reading this book was a waste of my time and totally ruined my spring break. Just remember, do not read Crispin by Avi.
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jessiecruz, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by jessiecruz)
I read the book Crispin by Avi and I thought overall it was a pretty good book for it being about the middle ages. This book is set in England in 1377 A.D. and it’s about a 13 year old boy who’s been called Asta(his mother)’s son his entire life so he thinks he has no name . After his mother dies he realizes that the steward is out to kill him. Not knowing why, he flees the kingdom to try to begin a new life.
In the first place I liked this book because you can read it very quickly even though it looks pretty long .Second this book has a lot of action in it so you want to keep on reading. Each chapter ends in very interesting spot in the book besides the fact that it has like a million chapters. Third, this book described everything really well so you can have a good picture in your head while you are reading this book even though it’s during the middle ages.
Besides the fact that it’s a good book this book is also historically accurate in many ways. It uses words like thus and thy and stuff like that. It was also accurate when it talked about that the knights were wearing armor and chain mail.
For the reasons above Crispin by Avi is a good book and I would recommend it if you want to learn about the middle ages.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
by School Library Journal,
"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."
"Exciting and true to the past, this novel is historical fiction at its finest."
by Harper Collins,
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
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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