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  • Hardcover
  • 262 pages
  • The Cross of Lead
  • Avi
  • English
  • 13 December 2017
  • 0786816589

The Cross of Lead❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Cross of Lead Author Avi – Essayreview.co.uk 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 he Asta s Son is all he s ever been called The lack of a name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but The Cross MOBI :Á poor peasants in th 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.


About the Author: Avi

Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, The fact is, Avi is the only name I use Born in The Cross MOBI :Á , Avi has created many fictional favorites such asThe True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth,and the Crispin series His work is popular among readers young and old.


10 thoughts on “The Cross of Lead

  1. says:

    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 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 17 please look away for one word fuck what happens to them way If I had read this book as a child it would have bored me to death I would have hated this book As an adult I could read it in a couple of hours and pass over the dryness with the greatest of ease There is nothing exciting really in this book The action is telegraphed so poorly before it happens that there really aren t any surprises I m starting to think now that Avi meant for Crispin to be her his Harry Potter Orphan kid, mysterious past, befriended by some big oaf of a man, those kind of silly subtleties I don t have too many any facts to base this on just like I had no facts to base the idea that Avi was a woman on, but that doesn t stop me from saying things , but there is the feeling that this is Harry Potter with all of the fun vacuum sucked out of it Why Avi is critically acclaimed is beyond me This is the second of her his countless books I have read, and each of them has been blah The first one I could see appealing to kids, but it was too moronic for me to stomach and this one I don t see who the audience is, except maybe Middle School teachers always on the lookout for new instruments to torture their students with The wealth of little historical day to day facts in the book will be fodder for many a If you are under the age of 17 please look away for one word crappy teacher to bore the If you are under the age of 17 please look away for one word shit out of students for a long time to come Post Script, for Children I, the author of the review you just read, am sorry if I have been the first to scar your young minds with foul language It is wrong to curse, and it shows your ignorance, that is until you are older and then it shows your immaturity, but maybe not your ignorance This is a distinction you will need to face yourselves when you get older But if you have read this review, let me offer you some words of encouragement that I wish had been offered to me if your teacher loves this book and you do not love it, don t think there is anything wrong with you Also do not think that it means you are just not the type to like books, or that there are no books out there for you This is not a good book Your teacher by liking this book, is possibly the type of person who deep down knows very little about books Also there is possibly some unspeakable trauma in his or her past has driven him or her to be a teacher and is attempting to take all the goodness out of books and turn them into something that they feel deserve to be hated and despised Sadly, teachers are good at ruining things, doubly sadly don t ever use that phrase yourself, it will make you look stupid, be smarter than me there are very few good teachers out there I hope that if you are reading this you have one of the awesome teachers If you don t have one of them, realize that your teacher is a very disturbed individual, and something happened that either killed his or her desire to live and or make everyone else in the world see the world as joylessly as they do Try not to hate them, but feel pity for them They need love Don t try to hug them though, that could end badly Just feel pity and offer them love at a distance

  2. says:

    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. says:

    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 vi 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 priest before he learns who his father is Fortunately, the priest gives Crispin his mother s lead cross before he is murdered From that point, Crispin is on the run The lord of the manor frames him for a crime and puts a price on his head He encounters a man who takes him under his wing and teaches him about life and the world I thought this was an excellent book It won the Newbury award I would cautionprotective parents that this book does have a lot of violence and may expose children to ideas you may not want them exposed to like adultery and atheism I m glad my son read it, but I did have to do some explaining

  4. says:

    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 plac 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 English society as he joins up with a large, red bearded jester named Bear At first he is afraid of this man, but gradually comes to trust and appreciate him When they get to the big city of Great Wexly, Bear orders him to stay in their room to be safe while he does business elsewhere Everything I have learned about Crispin makes me believe he would follow Bear s orders However, Crispin gets bored and leaves, and crises inevitably ensue Avi should have either given Crispin a better reason to leave the room, or else he should have given mewarning that Crispin has a curious side that would maybe get him into trouble Those jarring moments happened frequently enough that I got annoyed and couldn t give this bookthan 3 stars

  5. says:

    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 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 of Wexly, where to Crispin s horror the steward has followed them, and both their lives are in danger.This is an interesting choice for the Newbery Avi strives hard to recreate the historical milieu in which Crispin lives, so first and foremost, the prose is absolutely drenched in medieval Christian thought Although Bear is an apostate, Crispin and many other characters are literally God fearing, expecting swift and horrible punishments for their every transgression and believing utterly that a broken vow to Jesus no matter how profane or involuntary will result in immediate damnation Then, just so everyone has something to be offended about, Avi has Crispin, if not explicitly reject this mindset, at least question it he stops praying and pledges to make his own decisions, and later uses the binding power of an unwilling vow as a tool for his own ends Finally, there s the vocabulary in addition to words like trepidation and disconsolate, Avi doesn t shy away from the archaic terms mazer, patten, kirtle, withal It s a terrific historical adventure story, I would think suitable for older teens and up its value is not so much in the plot which is fairly straightforward, hardly original, and rather far fetched at the end as it is in recreating the highly religious, hierarchical, nasty, sometimes brutish and short lives of the medieval European

  6. says:

    This book won a Newberry Medal, which sounds about right, seeing as it s an absolute dud It will be the perfect companion for Island of the Blue Dolphins This is the kind of book that my elementary teachers would ve loved because it s historical and contains enough teachable moments to give them some easy essay prompts It s also the kind of book that makes students think they hate reading and vow to never pick up a book again because MY GOSH, this is so boring For example, let s look at wh This book won a Newberry Medal, which sounds about right, seeing as it s an absolute dud It will be the perfect companion for Island of the Blue Dolphins This is the kind of book that my elementary teachers would ve loved because it s historical and contains enough teachable moments to give them some easy essay prompts It s also the kind of book that makes students think they hate reading and vow to never pick up a book again because MY GOSH, this is so boring For example, let s look at what could have been an exciting scene Crispin sneaks into the castle to rescue his friend master father figure creepy mentor, Bear Now, imagine for a second how you d expect a scene like this to be written Perhaps our valiant hero Crispin lol would be lurking through the shadows, his hand against a wall, trying to find his way through the dark to the dungeon Perhaps he would hear footsteps coming down the corridor and have to quickly duck for cover, his heart thudding in his ears Perhaps he would drop something and there would be a huge racket, and he d freeze and hold his breath until he knew that no one had heard Perhaps his fingers would be trembling as he fumbled through picking a lock OR, PERHAPS, wouldn t it be better if Crispin instead took this time to lallygag and discuss the exact architecture of the castle YES, Avi says, YES YES YES So, as Crispin walks down the hallway on his meandering, lackadaisical Sunday stroll, er, I mean, search for Bear, he opens a door, and what he sees makes him GASP End of chapter Wow, what did he see We must keep reading What a cliff hanger What could cause our strong and steady and emotional rock Crispin lol to gasp Maybe there is a guard waiting in the room Maybe he s walked in on a torture chamber Maybe he sees Bear, all bruised and bloodied LOL, you goof balls No way Crispin could care less about that useless crap He ain t about dem cheap thrills He GASPS because he s just entered a chapel and he s never seen a ceiling so high I mean, can you blame him It s even higher than some other random chapel ceiling that Crispin knows and is a super relevant and helpful reference for us 21st century readers Omg, so glad I kept reading Butthan that, I m overjoyed that he spends an ENTIRE CHAPTER making observations about the chapel room because we JUST CANNOT GET ENOUGH And I m so glad he doesn t waste time making his sentences flow nicely As the saying goes, Crispin ain t hoppy if the sentence ain t choppy It reads like not an exact quote , There were four tall pillars Behind these, there was a stained glass window In front of that were candles that were burned about a fourth of the way down Then to the right And the Newbery Medal judges in the background declare, Folks, we have a winner Now, when you read this book, there may be some confusion as to Crispin s religion Is he Muslim Or was it Buddhist Oh, wait no, I remember, he was Catholic, because references were made to his Catholicism like fifty billion times per chapter Now, I m not against religion in literature by any means, but you could literally make a drinking game for every time Crispin fell to my knees Or for every time Bear says, By the blood of Christ, by the holy heart of St Peter, by the kidney stones of St Jude, by the acne cream of the angels in heaven Guaranteed to be blackout drunk by the end of the book On top of all of this, the writing just isn t good The sentences are choppy, the characters are dull and Crispin is so whiny , the plot is predictable, the story was lifeless, and the deus ex machina appears to be Avi s favorite plot device Also, the vocab in this bad boy is ridiculous, as though Avi were just trying his darnedest to be beloved by teachers across America, who would no doubt hand out vocab worksheets to their poor little blameless students with each chapter I m 25, and not necessarily a total ignoramus, and some of the words Crispin the illiterate uneducated serf was dropping like hot potatoes were unbeknownst to me Avi would probably approve of the word unbeknownst This is the first Avi book I ve read, and by the spray tan of St Anne, I do hope it s the last

  7. says:

    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 readingof 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 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 readingof 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

  8. says:

    Review by Jill WilliamsonAsta 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 Review by Jill WilliamsonAsta 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 fascinating 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

  9. says:

    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 e 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 young readers to pick it up in grades 5 8

  10. says:

    Can you believe I ve gone my entire life without reading a book by Avi He s written, like, a hundred children s books I ve seen them around, but this is the first one I ve read You gotta start somewhere, I guess Crispin is a little like Game of Thrones for kids It s book 1 in a series It s got the medieval setting, some royal scandals, some death, some fight scenes, some characters who can t be trusted, some orphaned kids who needparental supervision Basically, it has all the elemen Can you believe I ve gone my entire life without reading a book by Avi He s written, like, a hundred children s books I ve seen them around, but this is the first one I ve read You gotta start somewhere, I guess Crispin is a little like Game of Thrones for kids It s book 1 in a series It s got the medieval setting, some royal scandals, some death, some fight scenes, some characters who can t be trusted, some orphaned kids who needparental supervision Basically, it has all the elements of an excellent middlegrade adventure story.Crispin s name wasn t always Crispin He starts the book as Asta s Son He doesn t know his real name, and he can t read or write Crispin and his mother are so poor that they ve never left their village One day, his mother is murdered, and Crispin is accused of a crime he didn t commit A bounty is placed on his head The most powerful family in the village wants him dead He flees to the woods and meets up with a traveling juggler, but can the juggler be trusted And why do so many important people suddenly want Crispin dead I think I would have liked this book way back when I was part of its target audience The beginning is a bit info dumpy, but the action starts pretty quickly and doesn t let up Crispin is constantly surrounded by danger Anyone who recognizes him can murder him on sight and claim the reward He has to be resourceful to get himself out of trouble He has quite a few close brushes with death.I m definitely not an expert on 14th century England, but the setting seems well researched to me The info dump at the beginning helps make peasant life accessible to young modern readers As long as the young readers have the attention spans required to plow through the dry information being forced upon them It s only a few pages, but I know that feels like an eternity to a kid I like that this book doesn t ignore religion Christianity was a massive deal in 14th century England The church basically controlled everything Crispin is a Christian When he runs away from his village, the only thing he takes from home is a lead cross engraved with writing that he can t read Religion is an important part of Crispin s life As he begins uncovering the secrets that his mother hid from him, he starts to wonder if God has bigger plans for him than just being a peasant I kept asking myself if I felt different, if I was different The answer was always yes I was no longer nothing CrispinThis book might be fun for very patient children, but as an adult, I found it extremely predictable Within the first few chapters, I knew what was written on Crispin s cross, and I knew why the ruling family wanted him dead It s all painfully obvious.I also think Crispin is a flat character This novel is mostly all action and history lessons The reader doesn t learn much about him as a person.However, I m not the target audience, so my opinions probably don t matter.TL DR An adventurous way to learn history, but I didn t love it enough to continue with the series

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