Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Author Avi
Language English
Publisher
London: Simon & Schuster, 2004




Annotation:

Compact disc.



Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Tyler's Insurrection, 1381
  • Fiction
  • Middle Ages
  • Identity
  • Orphans

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Best Books :

  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2003 H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts, 2003 NCTE Children's Literature Assembly
  • School Library Journal Book Review Stars, June 2002 Cahners
  • Best Children's Books of the Year, 2003 Bank Street College of Education
  • Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2003 American Library Association
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Choices, 2003 International Reading Association
  • Children's Literature Choice List, 2002 Children's Literature
  • Great Middle School Reads, 2004 ALSC American Library Association
  • Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2003 NCTE Children's Literature Assembly
  • Notable Children's Books, 2003 ALSC American Library Association
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2003 National Council for Social Studies
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2003 National Council for the Social Studies NCSS
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, June 3, 2002 Cahners

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • John Newbery Medal, 2003 Winner United States
  • Colorado Book Awards, 2003 Winner United States
  • Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 2002 Honor Book United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Colorado
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Colorado
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Vermont
  • Garden State Teen Book Award, 2005; Nominee New Jersey
  • Great Stone Face Award, 2003-2004; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee New Mexico
  • Lone Star Reading List, 2003-2004; Texas
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award, 2005; Nominee Louisiana
  • Mark Twain Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Missouri
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee Massachusetts
  • Nene Award, 2004; Nominee Hawaii
  • Nene Award, 2005; Nominee Hawaii
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award, 2004-2005; Nominee North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2003-2004; Nominee Pennsylvania
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2005-2006; Nominee Illinois
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2004-2005; Master List Kansas
  • Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2006; Booklist Wisconsin
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2005; Nominee Pacific Northwest

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


999999
Hyperion $15.99 $16.49. () 2002.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 7


0786808284
Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99. () 2002.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 7

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 780
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 13


0786816589
Hyperion 310p. $6.99. () 2002.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 13

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Standard Learning Info :

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2003 Culture-I; Time, Continuity and Change-II; Individual Development and Identity-IV; Power, Authority and Governance-VI National Council for the Social Studies NCSS

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Reviews :

Ilene Cooper (Booklist, May 15, 2002 (Vol. 98, No. 18))
In his fiftieth book, (see interview on p.1609) Avi sets his story in fourteenth-century England and introduces some of his most unforgettable characters--a 13-year-old orphan, seemingly without a name, and a huge, odd juggler named Bear. At first, the boy is known as Asta's Son, but when his mother dies, he learns from a priest that his name is really Crispin. He also quickly comes to realize that he is in grave trouble. John Acliffe, the steward of the manor, reveals himself to be Crispin's mortal enemy and declares the boy a "wolf's-head," which means he is anyone's prey. Clutching his only possession, a lead cross, Crispin flees his village into a vast new world of opportunity--and terror. At his lowest ebb, Crispin meets Bear and reluctantly swears an oath to be his servant. Yet Bear becomes much more than a master--he's Crispin's teacher, protector, and liberator. Avi builds an impressive backdrop for his arresting characters: a tense medieval world in which hostility against the landowners and their cruelties is increasing. There's also other nail-biting tension in the story that builds to a gripping, somewhat confusing ending, which finds Crispin, once weak, now strong. Readers may not understand every nuance of the political machinations that propel the story, but they will feel the shifting winds of change beginning to blow through a feudal society. Category: Books for Older Readers--Fiction. 2002, Hyperion, $15.99, $16.49. Gr. 5-9.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion $15.99 $16.49., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
When his mother dies, the thirteen-year-old boy grieves his loss. He is alone in the world, never having known his father. In fact, he doesn't even know if he has a name. He has always been called Asta's son. Events become puzzling when Asta's son learns he has been declared a "wolf's head," which means anyone could kill him, for he is not considered human. It is said that he stole money from the manor house. Asta's son wonders why the steward would make up such a story. The village priest tells him he was baptized "Crispin," gives him his mother's lead cross and tells him he should leave the village for a big city where he could become a free man within the year. Father Quinel promises to tell him what he knows about his parents, but before he can do so, he is murdered. Fearing for his life, Crispin leaves. After several days he meets a large, red-bearded man called Bear. He makes Crispin swear to become his servant, but through the course of the story their friendship develops to the point where Bear thinks of Crispin as his son. Bear is imprisoned as bait to catch Crispin. The young boy, armed with the knowledge of what is written on his mother's lead cross, attempts a brave rescue of his friend. Crispin's identity will not come as a surprise to the sophisticated reader. Avi creates a strong sense of time and place by using the first person narrative. As Crispin learns about the world of fourteenth century England beyond his village, so too does the reader. The harshness of medieval life is presented, with descriptions such as that of the hanging man, but it is done without sensationalism. Avi has described the smells so well, you would think you were there. While it is Crispin's story, it is the character of Bear that will entrance the reader. 2003, Hyperion, $15.99. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion $15.99 $16.49., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Janice M. Del Negro (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2002 (Vol. 56, No. 2))
In the midst of his grief over his mother’s death, the thirteen-year-old boy known only as “Asta’s son” finds himself caught up in circumstances he cannot understand. John Aycliffe, steward of the boy’s poor fourteenth-century village in the long absence of the crusading Lord Furnival, has declared the boy a “wolf’s head” (less than human) for a crime he did not commit, thereby sentencing him to certain death. The boy finds an ally in the village priest, who informs him that his real name is Crispin and who promises to tell him of his origin. When the priest is murdered, Crispin flees for his life, on the road meeting up with Bear, a traveling performer, to whom Crispin becomes an apprentice. Bit by bit Crispin discovers the truth of his origins: he is the bastard son of Lord Furnival, and Aycliffe wishes him dead to keep him from making a claim on the lord’s estate. The book’s conclusion is abrupt and the resolution insufficiently grounded, but the rest of the book is a hearty ramble. Avi conjures the atmosphere of the medieval English landscape by concentrating on that world’s physical details (especially the smells), yet it’s also clear from Crispin’s narration, wherein he constantly defers to the will of God, the overwhelming role that religion played in the life of the medieval peasant. The pace is quick, and the boy’s change from cowed serf to courageous hero is logical and believable. This picaresque adventure will appeal to young medievalists as well as serving as an entry point to discussions of life in the Middle Ages. (Reviewed from galleys) Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2002, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2002, Hyperion, 262p, $16.49 and $15.99. Grades 6-9.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion $15.99 $16.49., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Rebecca Barnhouse (VOYA, June 2002 (Vol. 25, No. 2))
In 1377 England, mysteries surround thirteen-year-old Crispin, a serf from a rural village who never knows his own name until his mother dies. Nor does he know just who his mother really was--why she was an outcast or how she learned to read and write. Shortly after her burial, Crispin finds himself pursued by men who mean to kill him for reasons he does not understand. He escapes, only to be captured by a huge juggler named Bear. Bear teaches Crispin to sing and play the recorder, and slowly they begin to get to know one another. When they perform in villages and towns, however, they discover that the hunt for Crispin is still in full swing. For Crispin, this situation makes the question of Bear's trustworthiness vital, for Bear has secrets of his own. The suspense stays taut until the very end of the book, when Crispin uncovers his identity and then must decide how to act on that information. His journey to selfhood recalls Alice's in Karen Cushman's The Midwife's Apprentice (Clarion, 1995/VOYA August 1995). Like Alice, Crispin casts off his timidity to make a place for himself within a society that would discard him. As does Cushman, Avi renders the sights, sounds, and smells of medieval England accurately and compellingly. He shows the pervasiveness of the church in medieval society and, in a subplot, weaves in details about John Ball and the Peasant's Rebellion. Exciting and true to the past, this novel is historical fiction at its finest. PLB $16.49. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Hyperion/Disney, 261p, $15.99. Ages 11 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion $15.99 $16.49., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Tree (BookHive (www.bookhive.org))
Who is Asta’s son? Why does the world want to destroy him? Chased from his village after his mother’s death and proclaimed a “wolf’s head”, Asta’s son is forced to run for his life. Although he is leaving behind all he has known, Asta’s journey is leading him to a true awakening about himself and the ruthless society in which he lives. Taken in by a juggler named Bear, Asta’s son learns that written on the cross he wears is his true identity… Crispin, son of Lord Furnival, perhaps the cruelest man there is. In the end, it is up to Crispin to overcome his history and choose a path that will defy all labels as he embraces the person he is inside. An amazing story that explores the external and internal worlds we struggle against as we try to find out who we are meant to be. Category: Adventure; Award Books; Realistic Fiction. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 2002, Hyperion Books for Children. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Ilene Cooper (Booklist, May 15, 2002 (Vol. 98, No. 18))
In his fiftieth book, (see interview on p.1609) Avi sets his story in fourteenth-century England and introduces some of his most unforgettable characters--a 13-year-old orphan, seemingly without a name, and a huge, odd juggler named Bear. At first, the boy is known as Asta's Son, but when his mother dies, he learns from a priest that his name is really Crispin. He also quickly comes to realize that he is in grave trouble. John Acliffe, the steward of the manor, reveals himself to be Crispin's mortal enemy and declares the boy a "wolf's-head," which means he is anyone's prey. Clutching his only possession, a lead cross, Crispin flees his village into a vast new world of opportunity--and terror. At his lowest ebb, Crispin meets Bear and reluctantly swears an oath to be his servant. Yet Bear becomes much more than a master--he's Crispin's teacher, protector, and liberator. Avi builds an impressive backdrop for his arresting characters: a tense medieval world in which hostility against the landowners and their cruelties is increasing. There's also other nail-biting tension in the story that builds to a gripping, somewhat confusing ending, which finds Crispin, once weak, now strong. Readers may not understand every nuance of the political machinations that propel the story, but they will feel the shifting winds of change beginning to blow through a feudal society. Category: Books for Older Readers--Fiction. 2002, Hyperion, $15.99, $16.49. Gr. 5-9.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
When his mother dies, the thirteen-year-old boy grieves his loss. He is alone in the world, never having known his father. In fact, he doesn't even know if he has a name. He has always been called Asta's son. Events become puzzling when Asta's son learns he has been declared a "wolf's head," which means anyone could kill him, for he is not considered human. It is said that he stole money from the manor house. Asta's son wonders why the steward would make up such a story. The village priest tells him he was baptized "Crispin," gives him his mother's lead cross and tells him he should leave the village for a big city where he could become a free man within the year. Father Quinel promises to tell him what he knows about his parents, but before he can do so, he is murdered. Fearing for his life, Crispin leaves. After several days he meets a large, red-bearded man called Bear. He makes Crispin swear to become his servant, but through the course of the story their friendship develops to the point where Bear thinks of Crispin as his son. Bear is imprisoned as bait to catch Crispin. The young boy, armed with the knowledge of what is written on his mother's lead cross, attempts a brave rescue of his friend. Crispin's identity will not come as a surprise to the sophisticated reader. Avi creates a strong sense of time and place by using the first person narrative. As Crispin learns about the world of fourteenth century England beyond his village, so too does the reader. The harshness of medieval life is presented, with descriptions such as that of the hanging man, but it is done without sensationalism. Avi has described the smells so well, you would think you were there. While it is Crispin's story, it is the character of Bear that will entrance the reader. 2003, Hyperion, $15.99. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2002 (Vol. 70, No. 10))
A tale of one boy's coming into self-knowledge is set against a backdrop of increasing peasant unrest in 14th-century England. Crispin does not even know his own name until his mother dies; he and she have lived at the literal margin of their small town, serfs, and therefore beneath notice. Suddenly, he is framed for murder and has a bounty put on his head. Escaping, he encounters the mercurial itinerant juggler Bear, who takes him on as servant and friend, teaching him both performers' tricks and revolutionary ideology-which puts them both in danger. After a rather slow and overwritten start, Avi (The Good Dog, 2001, etc.) moves the plot along deftly, taking the two from a Black Death-devastated countryside into a city oozing with intrigue, from the aristocracy to the peasants. The setting bristles with 14th-century details: a decomposing body hangs at a roadside gallows and gutters overflow with filth. The characters are somewhat less well-developed; although the revolutionary and frequently profane Bear is a fascinating treasure, Crispin himself lurches along, progressing from milquetoast to restless rebel to boy of courage and conviction in fits and starts, driven by plot needs rather than organic character growth. The story is set in the years just prior to the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, and one of the secondary characters, the revolutionary priest John Ball, was a key historical figure. Most children will not know this, however, as there is no historical note to contextualize the story. This is a shame, as despite its flaws, this offering is nevertheless a solid adventure and could serve as the jumping-off point for an exploration into a time of great political upheaval. The title hints at a sequel; let us hope that it includes notes. 2002, Hyperion, $15.99. Category: Fiction. Ages 8 to 12. © 2002 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Set in 14th-century England, Avi's (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle) 50th book begins with a funeral, that of a village outcast whose past is shrouded in mystery and whose adolescent son is known only as "Asta's son." Mired in grief for his mother, the boy learns his given name, Crispin, from the village priest, although his presumably dead father's identity remains obscure. The words etched on his mother's treasured lead cross may provide some clue, but the priest is murdered before he can tell the illiterate lad what they say. Worse, Crispin is fingered for the murder by the manor steward, who declares him a "wolf's head"—wanted dead or alive, preferably dead. Crispin flees, and falls in with a traveling juggler. "I have no name," Crispin tells Bear, whose rough manners and appearance mask a tender heart. "No home, no kin, no place in this world." How the boy learns his true identity (he's the bastard son of the lord of the manor) and finds his place in the world makes for a rattling fine yarn. Avi's plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns and treachery aplenty, but it's the compellingly drawn relationship between Crispin and Bear that provides the heart of this story. A page turner to delight Avi's fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel. Ages 8-12. (June)"
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Wendy Kelleher (The ALAN Review, Fall 2003 (Vol. 31, No. 1))
Living in the hopelessness of servitude to a cruel feudal lord in 14th century England seems bleak enough for any teenage boy, but Crispin, the protagonist of this historical novel, has even more to bear. Not only are his parents dead, the cruel steward, John Aycliffe, falsely accuses him of two crimes -- stealing money from the manor and murdering a priest. He's proclaimed a "wolf's head," a person who has committed so heinous a crime, that anyone may kill him for a reward, no trial needed. Escaping, Crispin starts a journey that eventually brings him face to face with the truth of his father's identity, and his own as well. Along the way, he discovers a new "father" in the person of a wandering minstrel named Bear. He also discovers a world he never knew existed and develops a strong sense of self and an emotional independence he could never have developed had he simply accepted the fate life seemed to have dealt him. Historically accurate in its references to the Peasant Revolt of 1381, Crispin provides an insightful look at life in medieval England for a teenage boy caught in the hopelessness of the feudal system. Students will identify with his sense of loss as he buries his mother and takes on the responsibilities of feeding and caring for himself. They'll learn to love and appreciate Crispin's surrogate father Bear's rough mannerisms as they get to know him. Category: Historical Fiction/Adventure. YA--Young Adult. 2002, Hyperion, 262 pp., $15.99. Ages young adult.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Janice M. Del Negro (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2002 (Vol. 56, No. 2))
In the midst of his grief over his mother’s death, the thirteen-year-old boy known only as “Asta’s son” finds himself caught up in circumstances he cannot understand. John Aycliffe, steward of the boy’s poor fourteenth-century village in the long absence of the crusading Lord Furnival, has declared the boy a “wolf’s head” (less than human) for a crime he did not commit, thereby sentencing him to certain death. The boy finds an ally in the village priest, who informs him that his real name is Crispin and who promises to tell him of his origin. When the priest is murdered, Crispin flees for his life, on the road meeting up with Bear, a traveling performer, to whom Crispin becomes an apprentice. Bit by bit Crispin discovers the truth of his origins: he is the bastard son of Lord Furnival, and Aycliffe wishes him dead to keep him from making a claim on the lord’s estate. The book’s conclusion is abrupt and the resolution insufficiently grounded, but the rest of the book is a hearty ramble. Avi conjures the atmosphere of the medieval English landscape by concentrating on that world’s physical details (especially the smells), yet it’s also clear from Crispin’s narration, wherein he constantly defers to the will of God, the overwhelming role that religion played in the life of the medieval peasant. The pace is quick, and the boy’s change from cowed serf to courageous hero is logical and believable. This picaresque adventure will appeal to young medievalists as well as serving as an entry point to discussions of life in the Middle Ages. (Reviewed from galleys) Review Code: R -- Recommended. (c) Copyright 2002, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2002, Hyperion, 262p, $16.49 and $15.99. Grades 6-9.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Marge Wood (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 15, No. 4))
Avi loves to tell stories. His wide range of books demonstrates that. In CRISPIN, he teaches history--the history of fourteenth-century medieval England--and the importance of paying attention. Crispin, the son of Asta, grows from being a fearful, uninformed youth to a young man who knows how to protect not only himself but also his protectors. He learns to make decisions and take the consequences. Although predictable in some ways, this book is not only a story about a boy who is running from his enemies, it is also about how he gains his own personal freedom. Avi has done a great job of setting the stage by describing the scenes of that time period. The story begins in a tiny village where Asta and her son live. They are taunted by all and are in fear of John Aycliffe, the steward of the town. The boy has always thought there was something wrong with him that made people laugh and deride him. When his mother dies, the priest helps the boy bury his mother. Immediately, the boy is on the run. Aycliffe and his men are trying to find him. The "savior" in this book is a huge, red-bearded man called Bear. Bear immediately adopts Crispin as his servant. The man is a juggler and dancer and teaches Crispin to play a recorder and sing. Strangely though, Bear insists that the boy think for himself. The one thing Crispin has of his own, in addition to a good mind and body, is a lead cross informing readers that he is Crispin, son of Furnival. Since he can't read, he does not realize the true value of the cross. Bear risks his own life shielding Crispin. Readers will find out how Crispin grows through the story. This would be a great addition to any library. Fiction, Highly Recommended. Grades 4-8. 2002, Hyperion Books, 262p, $15.99. Ages 9 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Rebecca Barnhouse (VOYA, June 2002 (Vol. 25, No. 2))
In 1377 England, mysteries surround thirteen-year-old Crispin, a serf from a rural village who never knows his own name until his mother dies. Nor does he know just who his mother really was--why she was an outcast or how she learned to read and write. Shortly after her burial, Crispin finds himself pursued by men who mean to kill him for reasons he does not understand. He escapes, only to be captured by a huge juggler named Bear. Bear teaches Crispin to sing and play the recorder, and slowly they begin to get to know one another. When they perform in villages and towns, however, they discover that the hunt for Crispin is still in full swing. For Crispin, this situation makes the question of Bear's trustworthiness vital, for Bear has secrets of his own. The suspense stays taut until the very end of the book, when Crispin uncovers his identity and then must decide how to act on that information. His journey to selfhood recalls Alice's in Karen Cushman's The Midwife's Apprentice (Clarion, 1995/VOYA August 1995). Like Alice, Crispin casts off his timidity to make a place for himself within a society that would discard him. As does Cushman, Avi renders the sights, sounds, and smells of medieval England accurately and compellingly. He shows the pervasiveness of the church in medieval society and, in a subplot, weaves in details about John Ball and the Peasant's Rebellion. Exciting and true to the past, this novel is historical fiction at its finest. PLB $16.49. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Hyperion/Disney, 261p, $15.99. Ages 11 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Maureen Griffin (Kliatt Review, July 2004 (Vol. 38, No. 4))
This is the 2003 Newbery Medal winner. Following his mother's death, Asta's son finds out his name is Crispin. The 13-year-old boy flees his poor village, pursued by the cruel steward of the manor. Crispin falls into the hands of a huge juggler, known as Bear, who needs a music-maker as companion. Bear protects and gradually teaches the boy, who is amazed at the bustle and small freedoms found in English city life. Through his mother's cross, Crispin realizes he is the illegitimate son of the great lord. Avi's chapters end in rising tension, and the story becomes somewhat improbable but satisfying as Crispin exhibits newly won confidence and ingenuity. Readers will be entertained and learn much about 14th-century medieval life. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Hyperion, 310p., $6.99. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 310p. $6.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
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\n in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (June)\n"
(PUBLISHER: Hyperion 310p. $6.99., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Wende Sairio (Audiofile, February/March 2003)
Aster's son, Crispin, has always lived on the edge of his world--separated physically and emotionally from the others in his medieval village. But after his mother dies, he learns that he must flee his village to save his life. Ron Keith's rough British accent and low tones lure the reader into a world where, for most people, their village is all they ever know, disease is a constant danger, and one word from a powerful person means death. Keith's slow pacing creates a world of confusion and inner strength for Crispin, building the tension as he is hunted down while fitting together the pieces to the puzzle of who he really is. Keith's multi-voiced narration adds to the subtle differences between the characters. Although the ending is not entirely realistic, this is a great historical fiction/suspense story. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2002, Recorded Books, Five cassettes, 6.25 hrs., Book pak, $47.00. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Five cassettes 6.25 hrs. Book pak $47.00., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Maureen K. Griffin (KLIATT Review, November 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 6))
Following his mother's death, Asta's son finds out his name is Crispin. The 13-year-old boy flees his poor village, pursued by the cruel steward of the manor. Crispin falls into the hands of a huge juggler, known as Bear, who needs a music-maker as companion. Bear protects and gradually teaches the boy, who is amazed at the bustle and small freedoms found in English city life. Through his mother's cross, Crispin realizes he is the illegitimate son of the great lord. Avi's chapters end in rising tension, and the story becomes somewhat improbable but satisfying as Crispin exhibits newly won confidence and ingenuity. Keith's many voices and songs are well rendered. Listeners will be entertained and learn much about 14th-century medieval life. Good family listening. Category: Fiction Audiobooks. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Recorded Books, 5 tapes. 6.25 hrs. #97084.; Vinyl; plot, reader notes., $45.00. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Five cassettes 6.25 hrs. Book pak $47.00., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
In the small, 14th-century English village where he has lived his entire life, the boy has grown up with no name of his own, known only as "Asta’s son." But when his mother dies, the boy receives both his rightful name, Crispin, and a lead cross, inscribed with a secret that soon has him fleeing for his life. Best-selling, award-winning Avi delights children and adults with historically accurate tales of high adventure. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 97084, $51.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Five cassettes 6.25 hrs. Book pak $47.00., PUBLISHED: 2002)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
In the small, 14th-century English village where he has lived his entire life, the boy has grown up with no name of his own, known only as "Asta’s son." But when his mother dies, the boy receives both his rightful name, Crispin, and a lead cross, inscribed with a secret that soon has him fleeing for his life. Best-selling, award-winning Avi delights children and adults with historically accurate tales of high adventure. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; C2038, $66.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: p2002.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
London: Simon & Schuster, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
260 p. ;
(813.54)
0689837771
9780689837777
Formerly CIP.
Originally published 2003.
Waterville Me.: Thorndike Press, 2003

Media Type: Language Material
303 p. (large print) ;
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
0786255013
9780786255016
Originally published New York: Hyperion Books for Children 2002.
Sequel Crispin at the edge of the world.
Hyperion $15.99 $16.49., 2002

Media Type:

0786826479
9780786826476
Hyperion 262 pp. $15.99., 2002

Media Type:

0786808284
9780786808281
Hyperion 310p. $6.99., 2002

Media Type:

0786816589
9780786816583
Recorded Books Five cassettes 6.25 hrs. Book pak $47.00., 2002

Media Type:

1402522029
9781402522024
New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 2002

Media Type: Language Material
262 p. ;
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
Sequel Crispin at the edge of the world.
Prince Frederick Md.: Recorded Books, 2002

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
6 sound discs (6 hr. 15 min.):
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
1402545533
9781402545535
In container (17 cm.).
"With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking"-Container.
"Unabridged Fiction"-Container.

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