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Everything about
Crispin: The Cross of Lead

One of my most read books, here are some interesting tidbits about, and resources for, Crispin: The Cross of Lead:

Crispin Cross of LeadBehind the Story

The story of Crispin: The Cross of Lead is complex.

  1. 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.
  2. I did read a lot more—found wonderful stuff—and began to shape a story in my head. read more

Teaching Guide

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 Crispin

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.

Pinterest Board

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.

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