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Crispin: The Cross of Lead Reprint Edition
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ISBN: 0786816589     ISBN-13: 9780786816583
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2004
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Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Identity; Fiction.
Orphans; Fiction.
Middle Ages; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Medieval
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Orphans & Foster Homes
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2004005193
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (0.65 lbs) 288 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 58513
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q29846
Reading Level: 6.1   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 13.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"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.


Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 June #4)
Set in 14th-century England, this Newbery-winning novel centers on an orphaned outcast who gets pegged for murder. "How the boy learns his true identity and finds his place in the world makes for a rattling fine yarn," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
 
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