Banned Book Week Staff Favorites: Crispin: The Cross of Lead

This week, in honor of Banned Books Week, we’re sharing some of our favorite banned or challenged children’s and young adult books.  Check back every day for a new favorite!  Want to share some of your favorites?  Check out these lists and share in the comments!

crispinI enjoyed Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead, the 2003 Newbery award winner, because through the writing I felt as if I was in a 14th Century English village. A fast paced story about a boy who is wrongly accused of a crime and must escape the hunting parties after him or lose his life.

He is befriended by a man called Bear.  The boy and Bear travel through England avoiding the hunting parties. They met many colorful characters in their travels. Who can they trust? No one.








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