Crispin: The Cross of Lead…


Our family recently completed yet another Newbery Medal Award Winner in Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead.      

I have updated my rankings accordingly.  Like I have mentioned many times before, the following list does not include the works that did not happen to make the list of award winners (but that we still enjoyed together) such as the seven books included in The Chronicles of NarniaHatchet (an honor recipient), and The Hobbit.

Here is the list to date (along with my respective reviews):

  1. The One and Only Ivan (2013)
  2. The Tale of Despereax (2004)
  3. Bridge to Terabithia (1978) 
  4. Dead End in Norvelt (2012)
  5. Kira-Kira (2005)
  6. Shiloh (1992)
  7. Flora & Ulysses (2014)
  8. Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003)
  9. When You Reach Me (2010)
  10. Holes (1990)
  11. A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
  12. The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
  13. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
  14. The Graveyard Book (2009)
  15. Moon Over Manifest (2011)
  16. Criss Cross (2006)
My favorite quote from this book was when the main character receives priceless advice from his mentor which suggests, “Because sorrow is the common fate of man.  Who then would want more?  But wit and laughter.  Crispin, why, no one ever has enough.  When I think on the perfections of our Savior.  I choose to think most upon His most perfect laughter.  It must have been the kind that makes us laugh, too.  For mirth is the coin that brings a welcome.  Lose your sorrows, and you’ll find your freedom” (110).   
Honestly, this book has to be one of the most enjoyable historical fiction pieces for children that I have ever read.  The author painted the times for the reader with such clarity and creativity.  My only concern is that I, as the parent to my children, had to step back at times to explain why they believed what they believed and why they acted how they acted.  But these conversations proved to be quite beneficial at times.  Our family discussed our view of Scripture, etc. 
As far as our next selection, let’s hope that our recent fortune continues with A Single Shard.  Has anyone read this book.  Any thoughts? 
Crispin: The Cross of Lead…

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