A history teacher's perspective
Well, here's the deal - I am searching for high quality historical fiction in a variety of reading levels for a future project for my class. Avi's Crispin: The Cross of Lead fits the bill perfectly for my students with lower level reading skills.
Set in Medieval England, Avi creates an interesting story and accurately depicts the toil of a peasant's life, pointing out some of the more interesting aspects of that time in history, including the plague, the power of the church, the massive amount of illiteracy, the filth, and more. What I like about it is that Avi writes a simple book without talking down to his readers.
This book fits my classroom's need wonderfully. For all of you teachers out there I strongly recommend it.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5. It can be found on Amazon.com here: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi.
Reviewed on November 2, 2005.