AVI. Crispin. The Cross of Lead. NY: Hyperion . 8vo, [viii] 262pp. Color pictorial boards. Navy endpapers; b&w frontispiece. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed). Signed by the author, Newbery Medalist Avi.
First edition. 2003 Newbery Medal Winner! When 14th century peasant, Crispin, is orphaned and accused of a crime he did not commit, he is forced to leave the town he’s known his entire life and venture out on his own. On the road he encounters Bear, a huge and possibly mad juggler who forces Crispin to become his servant. Chased by unknown enemies of Bear, Crispin must become a very different person than he has been thus far if he is going to survive.