At the Edge of the World (Crispin Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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The more I came to know of the world, the more I knew I knew it not. He was a nameless orphan, marked for death by his masters for an unknown crime. Discovering his name- Crispin-only intensified the mystery. Then Crispin met Bear, who helped him learn the secret of his full identity. And in Bear-the enormous, red-bearded juggler, sometime spy, and everyday philosopher-Crispin also found a new father and a new world. Now Crispin and Bear have set off to live their lives as free men. But they don't get far before ...
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Overview

The more I came to know of the world, the more I knew I knew it not. He was a nameless orphan, marked for death by his masters for an unknown crime. Discovering his name- Crispin-only intensified the mystery. Then Crispin met Bear, who helped him learn the secret of his full identity. And in Bear-the enormous, red-bearded juggler, sometime spy, and everyday philosopher-Crispin also found a new father and a new world. Now Crispin and Bear have set off to live their lives as free men. But they don't get far before their past catches up with them: Bear is being pursued by members of the secret brotherhood who believe he is an informer. When Bear is badly wounded, it is up to Crispin to make decisions about their future-where to go, whom to trust. Along the way they become entangled with an extraordinary range of people, each of whom affects Crispin and Bear's journey in unexpected ways. To find freedom and safety, they may have to travel to the edge of the world-even if it means confronting death itself. In this riveting sequel to the Newbery-Award winning Crispin: The Cross of Lead-the second book in a planned trilogy-Avi explores themes of war, religion, and family as he continues the adventures of Crispin and Bear.
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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
After a three-year disappearance, Avi's Newbery Award-winning Crispin is back. In this lynchpin trilogy volume, Crispin and Bear, his red-bearded juggler companion, continue to battle adversity and discover the meaning of friendship.
From The Critics
A secret brotherhood pursues Crispin, a 14th-century English orphan, and his friend, Bear, who is falsely accused of being an informant. Thus begins a perilous, riveting journey across land and sea that pushes Crispin toward both manhood and a more nuanced view of the world. A sequel to the award-winning Crispin: The Cross of Lead, this robust adventure story also challenges kids to look below the surface of things. When friends are not what they seem and disreputable strangers prove to be honorable, Crispin muses poetically: "How hard it was for me to discern when evil clothed itself in goodness, or when there might be a kernel of goodness within the chaff of evil." (Ages 8 to 12)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Publishers Weekly
Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi continues the adventures of the hero begun with Crispin: The Cross of Lead (in a starred review, PW wrote, "It's the compellingly drawn relationship between Crispin and Bear that provides the heart of this story"). Just when the duo feels free, events from the past overshadow the pair, and Bear becomes seriously injured, leaving Crispin in charge of both their futures. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
At last, Crispin helps Bear escape from the evil clutches of one enemy only to run right into another one. Now, the second tale in the series about Crispin begins where the two must elude John Ball's brotherhood, of which Bear was once a spy. With no friends in sight, Bear and Crispin reach deep inside their friendship to find a way to the freedom they both crave. Along the trail, Bear uses his brawn to keep the two alive until injury leaves them alone in an unknown place where they must trust a young disfigured girl, Troth, and her guardian. Still the fates send even more trouble as the old guardian dies a violent death, leaving Troth in their keep. Although tragedy strikes at every corner, the three comrades use their wits and talents to survive this ordeal that leads to a variety of freedoms for our heroes. Be ready for many twists and turns as you travel their path. The ending will leave you breathless. Avi takes the reader on another exciting adventure into the world of Old England. The charm of the scenery and the loveable characters make this book a must read. Do not hold back on cheering on Bear and Crispin as they struggle to survive in a world that they do not seem to belong to. What an awesome storyteller Avi has become, and may he honor us with more of Crispin's quests.
VOYA - Laura Woodruff
Sequel to award-winning Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Hyperion, 2002/VOYA June 2002), this second of a trilogy continues the adventures of the courageous orphan. Set in England in 1377, the story begins as fugitives Crispin and Bear, having escaped from prison in Great Wexly, head for the coast. Bear, a juggler who was arrested for membership in John Ball's rebel brotherhood, now flees his own comrades who believe that he revealed their names and endangered their lives. One of them wounds Bear, but by chance, he is found and nursed back to health by an ancient midwife, Aude, and her disfigured daughter, Troth. Later Aude is blamed for an unsuccessful birth and is murdered, leading Bear, Crispin, and Troth to declare themselves a "family." The three eventually board a "cog," or small merchant ship headed for Flanders, but as bad luck would have it, they wind up shipwrecked and starving on the coast of Brittany instead. Blending simple language, action-packed plot, and strong characterization, Avi manages to convey a good deal of accurate historical information. Appropriate for ages ten and up, the novel could also entertain advanced younger readers. This thrilling page-turner has an open-ended conclusion that will leave youngsters hungering for the third book.
KLIATT
Avi won the Newbery Award for the first book in the projected trilogy, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. This second volume continues the story and promises a sequel that will complete the adventure. Here Crispin and Bear are making their way in England during a time of great political and social unrest in the 14th century; they earn a few pennies with Bear playing the fool and dancing to Crispin's music. Bear is injured and the two are saved by the healing skills of an old crone and a young girl with a harelip who assists her. When the old woman dies, Troth, the girl, becomes their traveling companion: Bear passes them off as his children. The three make their way to the south of England, to the port city of Rye, where a boat and numerous adventures lead them away--perhaps to the edge of the world as they know it. Avi gets the time and place just right, taking the reader with him with the sometimes-archaic language and beliefs (e.g., "God's mercy, woman...She's devil-marked. She'll bring peril to my wife. I beg you! In the name of Jesus, don't argue!"). The dangers the three main characters face and their acts of courage and loyalty to one another are constant, keeping the reader's interest always. A must purchase. (Sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead.). KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2006, Hyperion, 234p., $16.99.. Ages 12 to 15.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-At the conclusion of Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Hyperion, 2002), Crispin and Bear have escaped and are enjoying their hard-won freedom, planning to resume their 14th-century lifestyle as traveling minstrels and jugglers. But that freedom doesn't last long because they soon find themselves hunted again by men who believe Bear to be a traitor to the Brotherhood (which is planning a revolt against the oppressive rulers of England). And, with Bear severely injured, Crispin has to make crucial decisions about their future, which for Bear means confronting the sins of the past. The thoughtful introduction of Troth, a disfigured girl, and the trio's fearful journey across the Channel add historical relevance and bring home a critical lesson in tolerance. This second book in a planned trilogy explores even more thoughtfully the themes of religion, war, the motives of men, and the meaning of family. This is an extraordinary work of lyrical simplicity, nearly flawless in its execution, and a haunting tale of love and loss. Readers will devour this story and eagerly anticipate the conclusion of Crispin's adventures.-Melissa Moore, Union University Library, Jackson, TN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An orphan boy continues searching for freedom amid the social and political chaos of 14th-century England in this swiftly paced sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2004). After discovering his true identity, Crispin and his fierce, but genial, protector Bear seek refuge in the countryside. Pursued as an informer by members of a secret brotherhood, Bear is wounded. Alone and desperate, Crispin is forced to trust an ancient healer and her disfigured young companion Troth. Bear survives, but is greatly diminished. Crispin, Bear and Troth journey to Rye, a coastal city pillaged by the French. But with the brotherhood still tracking Bear, they must flee again, this time aboard a seafaring cog to Brittany. As the tightly bonded trio faces life-threatening events, Crispin "must think and act as a man" to protect those he loves and preserve the freedom he and Bear cherish. This moving, history-packed adventure leaves Crispin on the edge of the world and readers on the edge of their seats. Super storytelling. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423140702
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Series: Crispin Series , #2
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 132,427
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 777 KB

Meet the Author

Avi
Avi's books are loved by kids and adults everywhere. He has written more than 50 books, several of which have garnered prestigious awards, including the Newbery Award and two Newbery Honors. His titles with Hyperion include Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Crispin: At the Edge of the World, and The Book Without Words. He lives with his family in Colorado.

Biography

Born in Manhattan in 1937, Avi Wortis grew up in Brooklyn in a family of artists and writers. Despite his bright and inquisitive nature, he did poorly in school. After several academic failures, he was diagnosed with a writing impairment called dysgraphia which caused him to reverse letters and misspell words. The few writing and spelling skills he possessed he had gleaned from his favorite hobby, reading -- a pursuit enthusiastically encouraged in his household.

Following junior high school, Avi was assigned to a wonderful tutor whose taught him basic skills and encouraged in him a real desire to write. "Perhaps it was stubbornness," he recalled in an essay appearing on the Educational Paperback Association's website, "but from that time forward I wanted to write in some way, some form. It was the one thing everybody said I could not do."

Avi finally learned to write, and well! He attended Antioch University, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and received a master's degree in library science from Columbia in 1964. He worked as a librarian for the New York Public Library's theater collection and for Trenton State College, and taught college courses in children's literature, while continuing to write -- mostly plays -- on the side. In the 1970s, with two sons of his own, he began to craft stories for children. "[My] two boys loved to hear stories," he recalled. "We played a game in which they would give me a subject ('a glass of water') and I would have to make up the story right then. Out of that game came my first children's book, Things That Sometimes Happen." A collection of "Very Short Stories for Little Listeners," Avi's winning debut received very positive reviews. "Sounding very much like the stories that children would make up themselves," raved Kirkus Reviews, "these are daffy and nonsensical, starting and ending in odd places and going sort of nowhere in the middle. The result, however, is inevitably a sly grin."

Avi has gone on to write dozens of books for kids of all ages. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1991) and Nothing but the Truth (1992) were named Newbery Honor Books, and in 2003, he won the prestigious Newbery Medal for his 14th-century adventure tale, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. His books range from mysteries and adventure stories to historical novels and coming-of-age tales; and although there is often a strong moral core to his work, he leavens his message with appealing warmth and humor. Perhaps his philosophy is summed up best in this quote from his author profile on Scholastic's website: "I want my readers to feel, to think, sometimes to laugh. But most of all I want them to enjoy a good read."

Good To Know

In a Q&A with his publisher, Avi named Robert Louis Stevenson as one of his greatest inspirations, noting that "he epitomizes a kind of storytelling that I dearly love and still read because it is true, it has validity, and beyond all, it is an adventure."

When he's not writing, Avi enjoys photography as one of his favorite hobbies.

Avi got his unique nickname from his twin sister, Emily..

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    1. Also Known As:
      Avi Wortis (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 23, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Very Good Historical Fiction Book.

    This book was a very gripping book. It's a sequel to Crispin and the Cross of Lead. This 12-year-old boy is being chased by these crooked royal people. He finds a man named Bear,"a great barrel of a man."He and Bear find two women in the woods after Bear is wounded. One is horribly deformed and the other is as old as dirt. They claim to be healers. The villagers kill the older one and try to hunt down the other, but Bear helps her escape. Thet flee to a port town,where they plan to go to France as free citizens. On the way there, a storm kills everyone else on the boat. When they get there, they find a group of rouge soldiers, who lead them all to their death. So, I'll let you finish the story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    CRISPEN 2 REVIEW

    IT IS AS GOOD AS THE FIRST BOOK.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    I like this book

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Interesting reading for any age

    Great Book. Avi is always excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Awsome

    I read the first and this is even better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Great

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Jake Walton Part 18

    Hey guys! Question of the post: what would you rate my story on a scale of 1 to 10? Answer at book 3. Next part at book 3 and comments and questions at gods res. 2!-- I slowly open my eyes. "Wha-- Whe-where am i-i?" I stammer. "You're ok, Jake." Sienna's sweet voice reminds me of my mothers. I breathe slowly. I touch my head with my hands. Somthing sticky is on my forehead. I look at my hands and they are a dark crimson red color. Blood is covering my hand. I look up at my friends. I see that sienna has a bloody nose. I see that John has a black eye and several bruises on his body. Finally, i see Sam and she has open bleeding cuts all along her face. My friends stare back at me. I realize i must have all of that. "Lets stop by a hospital to have someone check us out." John says. We all nod. We drive a mile away to a hospital. We walk inside and wait. And wait. And wait. Thry finally tell us that a doctor c see us so they put us all in a room. An odd room at that. A monster room-----Thanks for reading guys! •JW :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Sophie

    Male:Logan Lerman ( Who doesn't?) Avi,Scott,Mitch,,Kevin( from Pentatonix) Female: Kirstie ( pentatonix)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Sam- My favorite celebrities would be Taylor swift and who ever

    Sam- My favorite celebrities would be Taylor swift and who ever plays
    jack sparrow in the pirates of the Caribbean :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    SDA

    My favorite celebrities:
    Males: (Cuz they are all hot. Plus all are on Pretty Little Liars except for Logan Lerman.) Logan Lerman, Ian Harding, Tyler Blackburn, Cody Christian, Keegan Allen.

    Females: (Actresses of P.L.L. except for Jennifer Lawrence and Selena Gomez) Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellariso and Jennifer Lawrence. Oh, and Selena Gomez.
    --- SDA ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Amazing

    One of the greatest books I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    good

    good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Eraser

    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Dagbert and tammy will reviw this book

    Dagbert:I LUV AVIS BOOKS!!! Tammy:Crispin rules the world!! Dagbert:that ment he is awsome. Tammy:i do not need a translator. Dagbert:ok. Tammy:CANDY!! Billy:you sound like that unicorn. Tammy:howd you get here? Billy:i dont know. Dagbert:goodby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    I love this book

    This book was perfect roto follow the first it made me absolutly want to read th third!!!!

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    Very good book

    Crispin: At the Edge of the World, is the sequel to Avi's Newberry Medal-winning book, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. In 14th century England, Crispin and red-bearded giant Bear continue life as fugitives from the brotherhood that believes Bear is an informant. They run across many difficulties, as well as joyous happenings, such as the making of new friends, and shelter. They also run across perilous and dangerous events, such as storms that tear apart boats afloat at sea, or bloodthirsty brigands who show no mercy.

    An orphan that has been declared a "wolf's head" -- someone that has been caught for a crime, and can be killed on sight by anyone who wishes - Crispin must flee to nowhere in order to survive. Along the way, Crispin meets Bear, a "giant of a man." Together, Crispin and Bear must make decisions that will greatly alter the course of their lives and others. When thrust into maturity, Crispin does not panic, and run away as most adolescents his age would, but acts admirably, like a true hero would in the face of danger.

    In The Edge of the World, you will experience themes of war, heart-wrenching loss, companionship, and family as he continues Bear and Crispin's quest to safety and peace of mind.

    With Crispin's growing danger of the brotherhood that hunts him, Crispin must also learn to grow, and mature in his ways. In order to survive, Crispin and Bear must depend on each other, as well as unlikely friends they meet along the way.

    My opinion on this book is a very positive one. You can easily lose yourself inside the literary elements and ideas that Avi has brilliantly come up with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2007

    A must-read book

    This is one of the best books in the world! It is a great sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead, which is also a must read. My teacher read it to us, and I loved it. I wont give away any secrets! You have to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was awsome!It was the 1st book I read in about a year so you see im not a big fan of reading but my friend mentioned and said it was cool so I thought I should check it out I got the 1st one Crispin:The Cross Of Lead and I loved the suspense and the chacters you wont want to stop reading!Like what some other reviews youll be suprised at what happens to bear in this book (Crispin:At the edge of the world) is........I wont tell you,you have to read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Crispin is awesome

    Crispin at the edge of the world was a great book. A must read. I never thought that Avi would give all the twists and turns in this particular book.I don't wan't to give away any information, but what happens to Bear in this book will surprise you!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    A great sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead

    I love books written in this time period. Avi did a nice job on this sequel. It even kept an older reader like myself interested. As a librarian it's my job to sell a story. After giving a book talk about Crispin, the book flew off the shelf.

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