Parents' Guide to

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Start of an exciting medieval adventures series.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

loved this book!!!

AVI is such a good writer! he pulls you into the story of crispin making you feel like you're actually standing in the forest along with crispin and bear. AVI writes crispin cross of lead in a fashion that makes you laugh along with crispin and sometimes even cry with him too. this book series is my new favorite ! thank you AVI for writing these marvelous books!!
age 14+

Parents

This is a good book but it is dark and gave my 11 year old horrible nightmares for weeks.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (32 ):

There's a lot here to keep young readers enthralled. The plot is an exciting adventure, with a gritty edge just violent enough to keep the pages turning. The details of the medieval setting are fascinating, and offer a picture of peasant life much more grim than most other books set in this time period.

Crispin is an appealing character, and Bear even more so, and Crispin's progress in learning from Bear to be a juggler and musician is very satisfying. There are mysteries and suspense and plot twists, though alert readers will solve the major mystery long before Crispin does. One odd omission is that there's no Author's Note to explain the historical background, and a map would have been nice as well.

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