The Cross of Lead (Crispin #1)

The Cross of Lead (Crispin #1)
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8+
Release Date
April 29, 2002
ISBN
0786808284
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"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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Loved Crispin
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My son and I have been on a bit of an Avi kick lately. So far, Crispin has been my favourite. This book has a rich medieval setting and a compelling plot: Crispin is being hunted for reasons he does not understand, and the tension Avi creates around this is kept up throughout the novel. I totally loved the character of Bear. At first the reader isn't sure if he is friend or foe, but he turns out to be a warm and bold protector of Crispin, lovingly rendered and believable. I would have given this book 5 stars if it had started with a bit more kick to it. It took a little while to get into the story. But it's definitely worth the read. It is moving, suspenseful, and has an ending that satisfies.
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I just didn't like thsi book
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Reader reviewed by Kyra

I didn't like this book. I'll just come out and say that. I. Didn't. Like. It. Now that you know that, I'll tell you why.

Crispin lives with his mom, Asta. They are very poor, and Crispin doesn't even know his name, all he knows is that he is Asta's son. Asta dies, and this one guy, John Aycliffe,  accuses him of stealing. Aycliffe then declares Crispin a wolf's head, meaning anyone can kill him. Crispin flees, and meets up with Bear, and they become friends. They then set out to find out who Crispinr eally is.
I didn't really like Crispin. He was just... unrealistic. Being his age, I can tell you that there is no way on earth even the strongest man (even a guy like Bear) could throw me over a 12 foot wall. Also, Crispin trusts Bear. Why? Bear tried to imprison him. I would never trust someone who is trying to make me their slave. Another thing- why is there zero action? We could've had something besides walking and talk and walking and talking and- oh look!- dead hanging guys. 
I found the book midly boring and I hated the ending. Hate, hate, hate, hated the ending. I would like to tell you it, but its much more disappointing if you read it yourself. I mean, I had my friend read it and tell me what she thought. She said "Its ok, I hated the ending though."

But now, what did I like? There must be something. Well, I thought the setting was very realistic, the men hanging dead in the trees is still vivid in my mind. But really, I could imagine it all quite well. 
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it was aight
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Reader reviewed by peacechik

this book was like kinda boring. im usually not into the whole scarry book thing, but my friend made me read it.

Like this boy's mother dies and he escapes his town and he meets a guy whose name is mouse...or is it bear? and then they have to hide from this lord who wants to kill the boy(a.ka.) Crispen. They want to kill him because he's some king's son and they're afraid he'll he the only heir.
Overall i give it a -2. 2 bad they dont have that.
Sorry Avi
PEAce
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gritty and heartbreaking
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Reader reviewed by artemis

This is the story of Crispin, a boy who lost his mother and has no idea who the father is. He's a serf in feudal England and is relentlessly tormented--by the townspeople and the steward of the manor, John Aycliffe. Crispin overhears a conversation between the steward and another man, but wishes he hadn't because he soon finds himself declared a wolf's head--meaning that anyone who sees him can kill him on sight. Crispin, frightened and confused, flees and runs into an ousted court jester. The jester basically treats him like a slave--forcing him to work for him and chaining him up at night so he won't escape. After a while, Crispin gains the jester's trust and together they set out to find Crispin's father and get vengeance on the evil steward. Crispin also figures out the meaning of the lead cross his mother gave him. The story is sad and the way Crispin is treated is just awful. It's good, but some scenes may be a bit graphic. It's good and deserved the awards it got.
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Sad at first
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Reader reviewed by Susan/Mrs.Fleming's Class

When I first read Crispin and the Cross of lead it seemed like a very sad book about a boy who's mother dies and people are trying to murder him. He rins away and gets claimed by a fat man named Bear. Bear seems mean and tough at first but he atcually is okay. He takes care of Crispin and taches him how to take care of himself. When Crispin finds out that his father is the King(now dead) Bear is captured by his Lord who has pursued him. He goes and rescues Bear and Bear fights against the Bailiff. They win and get their freedom.
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