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Crispin: The Cross of Lead

By Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2002,
    272 pages.

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The 2003 Newbery Award Winner and New York Times Best-seller. "Avi's latest novel is superb combination of mystery, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age tale... Breathlessly paced, beautifully written, and filled with details of life in the Middle Ages, this compelling novel is one of Avi's finest."-Book Report

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"A page turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel." - PW

"The story is set in the years just prior to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, and one of the secondary characters, the revolutionary priest John Ball, was a key historical figure. Most children will not know this, however, as there is no historical note to contextualize the story. This is a shame, as despite its flaws, this offering is nevertheless a solid adventure and could serve as the jumping-off point for an exploration into a time of great political upheaval." - Kirkus

"[A] meticulously crafted story, full of adventure, mystery, and action." - School Library Journal

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

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Caitlyn
Crispin
This book was a good book but, Avi has written better books in his time. Avi is my favorite author. I wish to meet him! I have tried to write books but, I'm not that good with grammar. Crispin is a little boring. I would never want to be a wolves head in my life.

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Avi Author Biography

Apparently Avi acquired his name from his twin sister, Emily, who chose not to call him Edward or Irvin but, for reasons unknown, to call him Avi. As the author says, it doesn't stand for anything, or mean anything, it just is who he is.

Avi is the author of more than sixty books, including Crispin: The Cross of Lead, a Newbery Medal winner, and Crispin: At the Edge of the World. His other acclaimed titles include The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth, both Newbery Honor Books, and most recently The Seer of Shadows. He lives with his family in Colorado.

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Avi: ah-vee

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