The Cross of Lead (Crispin Series #1)

The Cross of Lead (Crispin Series #1)

by Avi


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The Cross of Lead (Crispin Series #1) by Avi

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786816583
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Crispin Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 24,330
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Avi's books are loved by kids and adults everywhere. He has written more than 50 books, several of which have garnered prestigious awards, including the Newbery Medal and two Newbery Honors. His titles with Hyperion include Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Crispin at the Edge of the World, and The Book Without Words. He lives with his family in Colorado.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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The Cross of Lead (Crispin Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 234 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would strongly recommend this book to anybody that likes adventure books that keep you guessing. This book is about a 13 year-old boy named Crispin whose mother died. Shortly after he is orphaned, he is proclaimed a ¿wolf¿s head,¿ meaning anyone can kill him. Crispin is accused of stealing money and the murder of a priest. In most of the story Crispin is running, scared for his safety and his life, because people want to kill him. I would recommend this book to all middle school students.
Ananagram More than 1 year ago
Crispin,by Avi, was a particularly drab book due to its lackadaisical plot line and lack of true uniqueness. In this book, it seemed like Crispin just happened to stumble into situation after situation for the sake of the plot. For example, Crispin happened to stumble into the very church in Great Wexly that contained John Aycliffe, or that Bear and Crispin wandered into the precise town that had Furnival’s men in it. Also, Crispin had no real character development until the end, his evolution mirroring that of a graph of global population growth during the 1900s-2000. The plot twist, the very pinnacle of the book’s plot, was dry and predictable, building up so much anticipation only to have the reader feeling let down. Furthermore, the book had no closure, it seemed to jump from the fight scene to a happy moment where everyone rejoiced without a care to as what happened five sentences earlier. This book was also filled with cliches, from the first page to the very last line, which felt like it was pulled from a generic book about a teen discovering himself. In conclusion, Crispin was a monotonous book that was not up to the Newberry standards it supposedly qualifies for. -Zofia, Hibler Student
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was gery dry at first but after you kept turning the pages it got better and better. It is a great book and has a great plot. Great for all middle schoolers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is boring at the begining! But once you get to the middle it is like you are stuck in the middle of CRISPIN THE CROSS OF LEAD. You can not stop reading............ I am reading this book in 6th grade language and didn't want to read it but I'm glad I did! I recommend this to 11+. It truely is an awesoms book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book in schol and I loved it! I do have to say some parts were a little dull but then it got amuzing! Crispin is a perfect book for ages 11-15
cmjlccarlos More than 1 year ago
At the beggining it seems a little boring, but towards the middle the book gets really interesting and entertaining! I was givin a list at the end of fith grade, this and the black pearl were two of the six books! Blac pearl is also an interesting book. I would like to recommend the black pearl to anyone who likes this book. It is about a boy whose mother dies, gets named a wolf's head, and finds a friend. I believe most people will like it!!! I did, and now I must write a report on it. Yay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting so far slightly deppressing but it is the midevil times, so what do expect. I am 80 pgs in and so far it is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have evet read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so boring and is hard to get whats happening in the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CRISPIN wasnt as good as I had hoped. The cover looked good. I admit, it was a catchy cover. But sometimes, this gal(Yes, I am a girl) is very picky. Especially when it comes to run-away, adventure books. Like Percy Jackson. Yeah, thats a good example. Percy Jackson and Coraline are better books than Crispin. I read books better than this. And they are terrible books. Avi, I am dissapointed in this book. No mental pictures to match Crispins personality. I still have lots questions exploding in my brain! Like, WHY DID CRISPIN RUN AWAY THE FIRST TIME? WHY DIDNT HE LISTEN? Those are only some of the questions I have. So, readers, I suggest you DON'T read this book. Avi, I am sorry. But try harder next time. I might still read your boks. But not this ine. Sorry. Once again, Avi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and fell in love!These books are to die for! All I have to say,READ THE BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is very very boring and uninteresting. There is lots of death and terrible things in the beginning. I did not like it and neither did anyone else who had to read it for my school. Avi's written better books. I could not always understand what was happening partly because I was just reading through not really paying attention to what the book was saying. It also gave a person in my class serious nightmares in the beginning. It was just a terrible book that was boring and kept going.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson

Asta¿s son has never had a name. But now that his mother has died, a priest tells him his name is Crispin. Accused of a crime he didn¿t commit, Crispin flees his village home. On his journey he meets a juggler named Bear, who teaches him the ways of entertaining, self defense, and snaring rabbits. At first Crispin is afraid of Bear, but the man takes care of him and teaches him to think for himself.

Crispin¿s enemies continue to pursue him. Crispin wonders why they are so intent on seeing him killed? He is no one. He and Bear reach the city of Great Wexly where Crispin stumbles onto a dark secret that leaves him no choice but to fight for his and Bear¿s life.

Crispin: the Cross of Lead is a story about a poor orphan in medieval England. Avi creates a world for the reader that shocks and fascinates as much as the plot. It¿s no surprise why this book earned the Newberry. I highly recommend it for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book for many reasons. It makes a great summer read for students going into 7th grade. It combines historical violence, emotion, affection, and life and death decisions. This book is full of in-depth descriptions you can always ¿see¿ the picture running through your head. In the beginning, Crispin is a peasant who is considered a nobody but, by the end of the story he finds himself face-to-face with one of the strongest men and he becomes a hero. All in all, I would highly recommended this book for middle school students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Crispin loses his mother and is accused of stealing. While fleeing for his life he meets a man named Bear who becomes somewhat of a father figure to him. Bear teaches him things he never would have learned and takes him places he never would have gone. On his journey with Bear he learns that his real father is a Lord. He also learns maturity and strength. I was not thoroughly excited to read this book, but once I started I could not put it down. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avi once again captivated me with this story set in fourteenth century England. A thirteen-year-old peasant boy whose mother, the only person in the world who cares about him, suddenly dies. From the very beginning, my heart hurt for this young boy who, after being falsely accused of theft is forced to leave his village and run for his life. When he meets up with a giant of a man named Bear who takes him on as an apprentice mummer, he learns that his real name is Crispin and that he is the illegitimate son of Lord Furnival and heir to the throne. The villian, John Aycliffe, won't stop until he see 'Asta's son' dead. The action-packed chase through Great Wexley and the events that lead to Crispin's freedom were thrilling. The characters in the story touched my heart -- I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I highly recommend this book to readers both young and old!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading several of Avi's books as a child, my hopes for Crispin were high. As I read the book however, my anticipation quickly turned to disappointment. The storyline and the resolution were shallow. The story took place around a series of seemingly random events during Crispin's journey. Whilte the historical time was rather well represented, it still does not make up for the less than sterling storyline. All in all, I expected a story of more depth from Avi. In comparison to his other books many of which I have read, such as: The Fighting Ground, Poppy, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing But the Truth, The Man Who Was Poe, The Good Dog, and Blue Heron , I must say that Crispin was a big let down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was gross and weird. People kept dying. It was creepy and sad too. It did end well though, but not a good book to read at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Really good. My fav. charactor is Bear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a bunch of reviews, especially the haters, and all I have to say on the matter is... You're right. But, people also have a right to their own opinions. This book is about a 13-year old's journey to freedom, and maybe, just maybe, he will find who he is. His whole life, he has been looked down on. Even by his own MOTHER! Can you imagine how hard that would be for a young, nameless boy? His mother recently passed, and "Caspien" as we will later find out that is his name, has to pay a death tax. The vulgur, I think, is set out to kill him, but why? Caspien is no threat, right? He is a serf, with no hope of a better future in medievial England. Or so he thought... Caspien, known as Asta's Son, finally gets the truth out of a priest, who is later found dead, murdered. Of course, when we talk "truth", I only mean the name part. Asta's Son ha been baptized as "Caspien", but why is that important? Hmm, want to read the book. So, Caspien flees the village, the place he was born and raised, looking fir answers.
StoryWriter515 More than 1 year ago
I came across this book recently, hiding in my attic, an old purchase from a book fair at my local library. I'm glad I did. This is definitely an appropriate book for the intended audience- advanced readers age 10-13. I am definitely not that age range, I'm 30, but I still thought this book was lovely and really enjoyed it. I understand other reviewers mentions of a slow beginning and of characters not entirely fleshed out. But I think the book really met its purpose as a piece of historical fiction. While we might not know everything there is to know about Crispin, we do begin to understand the politics and deep entrenchment of religion in this time period (1377) which I think is more the point, the plot and adventure is appreciated, but I believe that's more just to drive these cultural points for readers to learn about this piece of history. I appreciated the historical note at the end of the story, because it drove these points home for me and made me appreciate the whole work more. On an emotional level, I loved the story of the relationship between Crispin and Bear, this is what made me connect to Crispin as a character, and this I felt was the most fleshed out in terms of the storyline. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am at page 218 and im enjoyong this book like crazy. I dis like a lot of books around the goneria but i love this and would reconmend it to all yall who likes books by Avi. Im a country girl and a usualky only read books that have to do with the country but i decided to give a noncoutry book a try. I cant wait to get done with the next 44 pages to get done with the book and see how Crispen ends up. And if anything happens to Bear. Have fun reading this book. I aint got the time to read it cause i have a trillion things to do a month but i still make time. I will be really suprised if i read this book more than once. I hate reading books over and over again cause you already know what gonna happen. Crispen: Cross of Lead has action, adventure, and curiosity all in one book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord furnival is his dad