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