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The Cross of Lead By Avi The Cross of Lead Asta s Son is all he s ever been called The lack of a name is appropriate because he and his mother are but poor peasants in th century medieval England But this thirteen year old boy who thought h

  • Title: The Cross of Lead
  • Author: Avi
  • ISBN: 9780786816583
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cross of Lead By Avi Asta s Son is all he s ever been called The lack of a name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in 14th century medieval England But this thirteen year old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself with even less no home, no family, or possessions Accused of a crime he did not commit, he may be killed on sight, by anyone If Asta s Son is all he s ever been called The lack of a name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in 14th century medieval England But this thirteen year old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself with even less no home, no family, or possessions Accused of a crime he did not commit, 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.
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    1. Greg on said:

      AVI2.0 Review With warnings, gender changes, and a post script I just dawned on me that the stupid plot revealing subtitle is there because Avi means for this book to be the start of a series, and a quick check shows that there is a sequel Avi has a unique skill at flattening characters Everyone pretty much sounds the same as every other character ShHe also has a knack of making herhis characters unlikable Not in the I hate them sort of way, but in the why do I give a If you are under the age of [...]

    2. karen on said:

      i didnt hate it as much as greg did, but i know what he means about it being a little flat i probably would have enjoyed this as maybe an 8 year old is that too old i dont remember what i was doing at 8, except i had unfortunate teeth im not going to run right out and get the sequel to this or anything, but its a perfectly serviceable medieval tale of secret origins and poverty and swords.

    3. Sandi on said:

      My sixth grade son made me read Crispin The Cross of Lead He s a really advanced reader, but it s hard to get him involved in books He d rather play World of Warcraft or play his guitar He couldn t put this book down and insisted that I read it.I was surprised at the content of the book Crispin is the bastard son of an outcast peasant woman who never shows him any affection He doesn t even know his name until after his mother dies The revelation of his name leads to the murder of the village pri [...]

    4. Maggie Maxfield on said:

      I know this is an award winning book Avi s historical fiction is exceptional even the metaphor and imagery in the book employ phrases consistent with the times I feel when I read his historical fiction like I can connect all the historical dots However, I got the feeling that some of Crispin s actions were not consistent with his character, and that Avi had him do them just to advance the plot And that annoys me For example, Crispin is painted as an ignorant kid who learns about his place in Eng [...]

    5. Ensiform on said:

      Winner of the 2003 Newbery, this historical novel is set in England, 1377 Crispin, an orphan peasant, is told by his village priest that there is a secret regarding his birth But after stumbling upon the cruel village steward making a secret plan in the woods, Crispin is declared a wolf s head a non person whom anyone may kill for a reward and he is forced to flee He comes upon Bear, a jester who secretly works to bring a worker s revolution to England, and together they travel to the big city o [...]

    6. Sarah on said:

      Asta s Son, as he is called, is left to his own devices when his mother dies in 1377 in the tiny, poor English village of Stromford He doesn t have a family and knows nothing of his father All his mother leaves him is a cross of lead that he carries with him as he flees his village when declared a wolf s head a person who can be killed on sight for allegedly committing a crime His priest, the one person he trusts, is murdered after trying to help and telling Asta s Son his real name which is Cri [...]

    7. Sarah Sammis on said:

      Avi s books seem to be span all genres, the only thing that unites them is the intended audience, tweens Crispin is somewhere in the range of fantasy and historical fiction, taking place in medieval Europe around the time of the plague The story cover s Crispin s quest to learn the truth behind his birth after his mother s death.While the book had it s moments, it didn t capture my imagination like Who Stole the Wizard of Oz The book borrows heavily on the fantasy genre conventions and relies to [...]

    8. Mr. Gottshalk on said:

      This book has been in my classroom for a decade and a half, never read I wondered why, and gave it a shot, not expecting much Well, it is a terrific tale Adventure, intrigue, action, suspense, vivid characters I really got in to it One of the best books I have eve read, The Pillars of the Earth, takes place during the same time period in medieval England, and there is something about that time period and setting that connects with Crispin Although this is a tough read level W , I would encourage [...]

    9. Kathy on said:

      Loved it Set in the 14th Century Historical fiction at it s best Great bits of wisdom Music is the tongue of souls The only difference between a dead fool and a live one is the dead one has a deeper grave He is a great author and I am looking forward to reading of his work Our children could learn many lessons from this book as can we I started this book yesterday afternoon while I was waiting at the DMV and finished it this morning Could not put it down, and I will think about it for days.

    10. Kathy on said:

      One of my good friends recommended this series to me and I was in the mood for a change of pace in what I was reading so I gave it a try I thought this was well done middle grade historical fiction I ve read several other books by Avi and enjoy his writing I felt like I learned a few things and was entertained along the way Overall a good book I would recommend to those who enjoy Historical Fiction.Content Clean

    11. Mohamed Omran on said:

      Great example of historical fiction However, this fact makes the story a bit obscure for children Set in the 1600 s where the general population was almost considered the property of the landowner and at their mercy If the Lord of the Manor is an unkind or even brutal man this made life very difficult and sometimes down right dangerous.This story is one that should be discussed with an adult after reading to understand the historical significance.Not really suitable for young children I d say 5 [...]

    12. Suzanne on said:

      I think I would have liked this a lot as a middle grade reader It was still all right I liked the time setting and the characters.

    13. Mary on said:

      A 2003 Newbery Medal winner that is set in fourteenth century England and is about an orphaned who is falsely accused of several crimes This is first book in a trilogy about Crispin Avi is a skillful storyteller and does a great job at capturing this time period.

    14. Anthea Cheng on said:

      Crispin and his mother are serfs in 14th century England After his mom dies, Crispin is accused of theft and murder He is said to be a wolf s head which means that anyone can kill him on the spot Crispin then escapes his town to stay alive After escaping, he comes across an abandoned town In the town, Crispin meets a juggler known as Bear Bear teaches Crispin to juggle, sing, play the recorder, and to have fun They travel together and perform But Crispin finds out that his pursuers are still loo [...]

    15. Zemkat on said:

      I read this book as part of my quest to read all of the Newbery books This was not one of the betters ones.I can t believe how little happened in this book It was so slow There was at least one chapter about standing helplessly in the forest for a day, waiting until nighttime so that the plot could move forward Another chapter about eating lunch Another about packing up lunch to continue hiking.I didn t like any of the characters The protagonist goes from frustratingly obedient to frustratingly [...]

    16. NSAndrew Liebergen on said:

      The Cross of Lead is a very interesting book I liked it, but I don t know if it is for everyone It is kind of a tired story line about being accused of a crime he didn t commit, reminded me of the fugitive His arch enemy is John Aycliffe, who for some reason does not like Crispin I found the English phrases interesting, such as the term Wolf s Head, meaning that anyone who sees the boy can kill him There is some mild violence of Father Quinel having is throat slashed while helping Crispin escape [...]

    17. Qt on said:

      This was fast paced and full of historical details I found myself reading several chapters at a time and was really interested by it.

    18. Hannah on said:

      At 13, Crispin s mother, the only person who s ever loved him dies It s the 1300 s and for the son of a peasant, Crispin has had a hard life Then, he overhears a conversation in the forest and soon he s being hunted With a price on his head, Crispin is forced to flee the only home that he has ever known While the world can be a scary place, Crispin learns just how much he doesn t know and that there is just as much good as bad.I read this as part of the Newberry challenge and thought it was a gr [...]

    19. momma.hailey on said:

      Children s Book Club selection The book is recommended for 2nd Grade plus Conservatively I would say it s like 5th grade plus The plot, while predictable for adults, for children is suspenseful and appropriate I was reading this to a vast age group and had to eliminate some of the gorey and detailed descriptions, as well as mature language that I wasn t prepared to explain bastard or slit throat As an adult I enjoyed the historical fiction.

    20. Natalieh on said:

      Crispin The Cross of Lead written by Avi is a historical fiction book that was published in June 2002 The book is set in the fourteenth century in medieval England In my opinion, it was a very good book because of the plot line and the character s personalities that tied in with the plot line and made the book seem real to the reader In this book, Crispin, the main character, is a 13 year old very shut off farm boy living in a poor town Stromford After Crispin s mother, Asta, died, Crispin was [...]

    21. Wendy on said:

      I d like to give this Newberry winner by Avi 3.5 stars but that s not an option So, when forced to choose, I ll go with three This is Avi s 50th book amazing and is historical fiction based on research Avi did research into the time period and one of the characters, John Ball, is based on a real person At the end of the book Avi explains his interest in the period began in college when he read about the Peasants Rebellion and a series of lectures he attended on the late Middle Ages This interest [...]

    22. Ashley on said:

      I had the distinct pleasure of getting to meet Avi at a conference for youth literature recently, and I was quite impressed by both his humor and his sincerity While speaking of his life and his decision to write for children, Avi shared one of his most famous quotes with the audience Writers don t write writing, they write reading Though Avi grew up without knowing he had dysgraphia, he strove constantly to prove to both his teachers and the world that he had ideas worth writing These ideas lat [...]

    23. Karen on said:

      This is our next book for the kids book club Ellie has started reading it and Jacob will start when he is finished with Ant Man.b 4 20 17Ellie has finished the book Jacob is still working on it but way into reading Star Wars again at the moment I will be starting this book soon.b 5 16 17Mom finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed the suspense, the good, the bad and it made me want to read from Avib 5 28 17

    24. Rebecca Radnor on said:

      A mystery coming of age story A real page turner I started reading it at midnight and next thing I knew it was 4am and I d completely killed my sleep patterns Really interesting story about a boy who is a serf, who is blamed by his Steward for crimes he did not commit apparently as an excuse to legally kill him The boy runs away, meets a roving entertainer who will helps him takes him on as his apprentice The man, who at first doubts the boys story, but when it become clear that Steward really i [...]

    25. Jill on said:

      I don t care much for Avi s writing style He uses a lot of dashes which breaks up the sentences to the point of making the book a choppy read Thankfully the chapters are short Crispin is a devout Christian at the beginning of the book Religion is mentioned on almost every page which seems overdone, even given the time period this is meant to take place in.I do like that throughout the book Avi talks about the idea of owning your decisions, not just leaving things up to God pg 138 pg 13 Time was [...]

    26. Hadley on said:

      Crispin was born a peasant in medieval England The book opens with his mother dying and having never known his father, Crispin is an orphan at thirteen years old In a strange turn of events, Crispin is accused of a crime he didn t commit and must flee his village to escape death On his own and away from home for the first time, he sees new things, meets new people, and learns new skills Crispin learns about the world through his new friend Bear, a juggler However, they are constantly on alert si [...]

    27. Nick on said:

      Crispin by Avi is a thrilling book about a young 13 year old boy who lives in a small village called Stromford Crispin is wanted all across the land because he was accused of theft Crispin and his companion Bear embark on a journey to the palace where they hope to find a place to stay and find out who Crispins father is I first read this book a long time ago and I really enjoyed it from what I remembered but I decided to read it again and it was even better then the first time I read it Crispin [...]

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