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The Cross of Lead

The Cross of Lead

(2001)
(The first book in the Crispin series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Newbery Medal
Genre-jumping author Avi clocks in here with his 50th book, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, an action-packed historical narrative that follows the frantic flight of a 13-year-old peasant boy across 14th-century England.

After being declared a "wolf's head" by his manor's corrupt steward for a crime he didn't commit (meaning that anyone can kill him like a common animal--and collect a reward), this timid boy has to flee a tiny village that's the only world he's ever known. But before our protagonist escapes, Avi makes sure that we're thoroughly briefed on the injustices of feudalism--the countless taxes cottars must pay, the constant violence, the inability of a flawed church to protect its parishioners, etc. Avi then folds in the book's central mystery just as the boy is leaving: "Asta's son," as he's always been known, learns from the village priest that his Christian name is Crispin, and that his parents' origins--and fates--might be more perplexing than he ever imagined.

Providing plenty of period detail (appropriately gratuitous for the age group) and plenty of chase-scene suspense, Avi tells a good story, develops a couple of fairly compelling characters, and even manages to teach a little history lesson. (Fortunately, kids won't realize that they're learning about England's peasant revolt of 1381 until it's far too late.) (Ages 10 to 14) --Paul Hughes

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 1435234839 / 9781435234833 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-08-11
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December 2004 : USA Library Binding
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 1417745401 / 9781417745401 (USA edition)
Publisher:
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June 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0756931878 / 9780756931872 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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June 2004 : USA Library Binding
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0613749650 / 9780613749657 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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November 2003 : Hardback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Japanese Edition)
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 4763003305 / 9784763003300
Publisher: Kyuryudo/ Tsai Fong Books
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October 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0689837747 / 9780689837746 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
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July 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Cross of Lead (Crispin)
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0786255013 / 9780786255016 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Crispin: The Cross Of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0439577756 / 9780439577755 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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June 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Crispin: the Cross of Lead: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0439574676 / 9780439574679 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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June 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0786826479 / 9780786826476 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hyperion Books
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April 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003 John Newbery Medal Winner)
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0786808284 / 9780786808281 (USA edition)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Paperback Editions

June 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0786816589 / 9780786816583 (USA edition)
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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August 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0689837771 / 9780689837777 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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2001 : USA Paperback
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0439574684 / 9780439574686 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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January 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Crispin: the Cross of Lead: Novel-Ties Study Guide
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0767516168 / 9780767516167 (USA edition)
Publisher: Learning Links
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June 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Crispin: the Cross of Lead: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 0439690277 / 9780439690270 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Trade
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Audio Editions

February 2006 : USA Audible edition
Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi

Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

December 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Crispin: the Cross of Lead: The Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 1402522029 / 9781402522024 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: Crispin the Cross of Lead
Author(s): Avi
ISBN: 1402545533 / 9781402545535 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

July 2010 : USA, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Cross of Lead (Crispin Book 1)
Author(s): Avi

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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