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The Cross of Lead: 01 Paperback – 1 June 2004
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 310 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0786816589
- ISBN-13 : 978-0786816583
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 162,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Avi has published more than seventy books. Winner of many awards, including the 2003 Newbery award for Crispin: the Cross of Lead, two Newbery Honors, two Horn Book awards, and an O'Dell award, as well as many children's choice awards, Avi frequently travels to schools around the country to talk to his readers. Among his most popular books are Crispin: The Cross of Lead, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing But the Truth, the Poppy books, Midnight Magic, and The Fighting Ground. His most recent books are Ragweed and Poppy, Gold Rush Girl, The End of the World and Beyond (sequel to The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts), and the somewhat autobiographical Catch You Later, Traitor. Avi lives in Clark, Colorado, with his wife. He invites you to visit him online at avi-writer.com and on Twitter @avi3writer.
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1. The plot and prose are both good and something that I could imagine a 12 year old boy getting into (I have two sons). There are a number of good aphorisms that are worth noting and can provide a basis for further discussion with your children.
2. There are no, um, romantic scenes and no questions that you would have to answer about those thing that you might not want to.
3. The book is historical, and your son (or daughter) just might learn something from reading this.
4. There are quite a few new vocabulary words for your child to learn to increase their vocabulary. (Doff. Tunic. Kirtle. Solars. Recorder. Daub and Wattle. Yewbow. Porticullis. Caterwauling. Glaive. Tonsure. None/Prime. Sconce)
5. The book puts me in mind of another very good book for children that I've read ( A Single Shard ) in that the story had a message. (And this is rare when one considers the huge number of books that detail teenage angst at great length with no ultimate conclusions.) The messages were: i. Having a skill is a good way to not be hungry; ii. Being able to read and being familiar with the written word is a great advantage; iii. Being friendly is not always the same thing as being helpful; iv. A man's word is everything. (None of even the most objectionable characters did not keep their word in this book.)
There was one drawback, and that is that the book was very heavily centered around the church (our house is Jewish and not Christian), and that can cause some awkwardness-- but you can't have everything.
Verdict: Highly recommended, even at the new purchase price.