One of my most read books, here are some interesting tidbits about, and resources for, Crispin: The Cross of Lead:
Behind the Story
The story of Crispin: The Cross of Lead is complex.
- My wife and I were driving from Denver to the mountains, listening to a lecture by Dr. Teofilo Ruiz, chair of the History Department at UCLA. It was all about the medieval period. I was fascinated, and told myself that surely there was a story here, and I must do some reading.
- I did read a lot more—found wonderful stuff—and began to shape a story in my head. read more
Downloadable guide for all three Crispin books, from Jan MacDonald, Rocky Mountain Readers.
Listen to these podcasts, in which I read a bit from the three Crispin books.
Newbery Award Winner 2003
American Library Association’s Newbery Medal
“Writing is Naming the World,” Avi, Newbery acceptance speech, American Library Association, 2003
“An Interview with Avi, 2003 Newbery Medal Winner for Crispin, The Cross of Lead,” John Blasingame, ALAN, Vol. 30, No. 3, retrieved from Virginia Tech University Libraries.
“Crispin, The Cross of Lead Enrichment Activities” to accompany study guide from Progeny Press
“A Video Interview with Avi,” Reading Rockets
and this interpretation of the book, an entry in the 90 Second Newbery competition:
Aurora Public Library, Eola Road Branch, entry for 90 Second Newbery Film Festival. A silent film adaptation of Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi.
1 thought on “Everything about <br>Crispin: The Cross of Lead”
The Crispin series is one of my very favorites. As a homeschooling mom, I read it via audiobook alongside my children.