Crispin by Avi
After being declared a "wolf's head" by his manor's corrupt steward for a crime he didn't commit (meaning that anyone can kill him like a common animal--and collect a reward), this timid boy has to flee a tiny village that's the only world he's ever known. But before our protagonist escapes, Avi makes sure that we're thoroughly briefed on the injustices of feudalism--the countless taxes cottars must pay, the constant violence, the inability of a flawed church to protect its parishioners, etc. Avi then folds in the book's central mystery just as the boy is leaving: "Asta's son," as he's always been known, learns from the village priest that his Christian name is Crispin, and that his parents' origins--and fates--might be more perplexing than he ever imagined.
I had to read this book for school. I was kind of worried I wasn't going to like it but i really did. The book is very religious though but in a good way. You learn many different things about God and Fate. I love the whole story about Crispin who had to run away from the only place he knew. He knew so little about the world. He had to go through so much in such a short time. It was amazing he got through it all. On top of all that, the book had lots of mystery about who Crispin was and who his parents were. You constantly wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next. You got to see Crispin become a boy who kept to himself to this boy who goes on an adventure and changes into a new person because he has to. I loved the character Bear. You thought he was someone bad at first and then you see that he is not. He becomes a father figure to Crispin. As soon as i finished this book i took the other two books out. I would definitely recommend this book ;)