Crispin the Cross of Lead is an outstanding book. It's about a 13-year-old boy in England during the Middle Ages. In the beginning his mother dies and gives him a cross made of lead which proves to have special meaning. The story is filled with twists, turns and great descriptions. This book may be difficult for kids who don't understand the dialogue of the Middle Ages, yet you can learn a great deal about what life was like during that time period. You really find out about how religious everyone was in the Middle Ages. Ron Keith did such a great job reading the book I felt like I was running right along next to Crispin. I loved the book so much I'm going to read the sequel. I recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting and adventurous book.
Bear also takes the initiative to liberate Crispin’s mind and teaches him how to survive on his own and think for himself. In time, Crispin shares the cross of lead with Bear. To himself, Bear reads the inscription and learns that Crispin is the illegitimate son of Lord Furnival, the man in which Crispin was sworn to serve in serfdom. Bear does not disclose the information to Crispin but becomes more cautious as the hunt parties search for Crispin.