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Crispin: The Cross of Lead: 04/30/08
Crispin: The Cross of Lead was one of the first books I put on my wish list when I joined BookCrossing. I think I heard a review of it on NPR but it's been so long now that I don't remember for sure. This year I'm trying to focus more on reading the books I've been wanting to read for ages rather than only reading books I've committed to either for Bookcrossing or as ARCs. I checked out Crispin: The Cross of Lead from my local library.
Avi's books seem to be span all genres, the only thing that unites them is the intended audience, tweens. Crispin is somewhere in the range of fantasy and historical fiction, taking place in medieval Europe around the time of the plague. The story cover's Crispin's quest to learn the truth behind his birth after his mother's death.
While the book had it's moments, it didn't capture my imagination like Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? The book borrows heavily on the fantasy genre conventions and relies too much on Crispin's emotional state to carry the plot. If I were a younger reader and still relatively new to the genre, I would probably enjoy the novel more.