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The Cross of Lead by Avi
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Apr 11, 2009

really liked it

Most of the time, the Newbery isn’t awarded to books that have edge-of-your-seat plots that chug along and keep the reader nearly breathless page after page. The reason for that is because pop fiction page-turner typically don’t have the necessary elements to make them award winning. However, in the case of this text, Avi is able to cleverly combine a fast-paced story with multifaceted details about the world of England during the 14th century.

Crispin and Bear are complex characters with interesting pasts that add to their dimensions and create depth for the readers. Crispin is representative of the rural ignoramus who follows religion blindly and wants only to live a poor life without muddying the waters around him. Bear, on the other hand, is bent on social revolution and utilizes his wits to take advantage of those around him, especially the poor dullards he encounters throughout the villages he passes through. The two characters, combined with the overlying social structure that creates the tension and action gives a dual combination of an enrapturing and educational read. I recommend this book to any readers 10+.

-Lindsey Miller,

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