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Crispin by Avi
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Oct 22, 10

Read in September, 2010

This story is set in the barbaric conditions of medieval Britain. A young nameless boy and his mother are subjected to the unjustness of a hard-hearted overlord/landowner. After the mother's death, with his ownly memento, a lead cross with an undecipherable writing on it, the young teenager takes us on a winding journey through circumstance and providence.

The strong distinction is shown through the story of the keen distinction between the luxuries, titles, privileges and pomposity of the upper class and the sheer ragged, dirty, cold starvation of the lower class. The cruelty that the citizenry was subjected to at the whim of the leaders and the ensuing constant fear that gripped all of the people is shown in this story. The story would be an especially appealing tale to even the "gamer" teen boys. Avi, the name given to the young boy, shows himself to be a young man of valour, courage, tenacity and loyalty.

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