The End of Time (Crispin Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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As long as I could keep myself out of bondage, I would be true to Bear's teaching. And so it was that beyond all else, I was determined to keep my freedom.

After the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, Crispin and Troth are more desperate than ever, wandering the desolate French countryside, where they don't speak the language and know no one. The only hope they cling to is that somehow they can reach Iceland, where Bear had said there were no kings or lords, and where they ...

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The End of Time (Crispin Series #3)

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Overview

As long as I could keep myself out of bondage, I would be true to Bear's teaching. And so it was that beyond all else, I was determined to keep my freedom.

After the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, Crispin and Troth are more desperate than ever, wandering the desolate French countryside, where they don't speak the language and know no one. The only hope they cling to is that somehow they can reach Iceland, where Bear had said there were no kings or lords, and where they can live in freedom. Crispin is determined to fulfill this dream, both for himself and to honor Bear's memory. But the road to liberty is filled with danger, betrayal, and loss. Crispin must decide for himself what freedom really means—and how high a price he is willing to pay for it.

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Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
This final volume in the Crispin trilogy showcases the same strengths as the earlier books: brisk, suspenseful narrative with effortlessly interwoven details of medieval life and provocative questions of ethics and morality. Another rousing page-turner.
Booklist
"Along with plenty of action and adventure, this displays a solid emotional base. The combination will make fans eager for the final installment."
Booklist (starred review)
“Along with plenty of action and adventure, this displays a solid emotional base. The combination will make fans eager for the final installment.”
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
In the third and final book in this series, Crispin, a thirteen-year-old boy living in medieval France, confronts painful changes as he seeks to find a new life for himself and his friend, Troth. Tired and hungry, Crispin clings to a dream that his dead mentor, Bear, had instilled in him: that if Crispin and Troth can reach Iceland, they will find a land where they can live free and unafraid. The dream is shattered early on, however, when Troth decides to stay and work at a convent in the French countryside. Crispin refuses to abandon his dream and continues the journey alone, only to become the victim of a thieving, murderous gang of traveling musicians. Forced to do their bidding, Crispin befriends another of the gang's victims, and together they plot their escape to Iceland aboard a fishing vessel. Crispin is crushed, however, when he learns from the vessel's captain that Iceland is not the paradise that his mentor, Bear, had promised. After some harrowing adventures and a crisis of self-doubt, Crispin and his friend manage to escape the thieves and board the vessel for Iceland. Crispin realizes that all humans are fallible, and that "If you can go no farther than where you are, God has shown you your destiny." This unvarnished tale of the Middle Ages—dirt, cesspits, and all—is infused with religion, hope, and the dignity of mankind. Although the book is marketed as the last in this award-winning series, readers will hope that the author will consider another series about Crispin's adventures at sea and in Iceland. The uncorrected proof contains some errors (word tenses and punctuation) that will probably be corrected before publication. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Kirkus Reviews
Avi guides his hero toward a final, very satisfying destiny in this wonderfully realized conclusion to the Crispin trilogy. With Bear, their mentor and protector, dead, Crispin and the disfigured girl Troth wearily wander the French countryside. Finding refuge at a convent, the two ultimately make the wrenching decision to part when Troth decides to stay with the Sisters, comforted that she'll never again be shunned for her appearance and having accepted her own destiny as a healer. Bereft of his only friend, Crispin eventually falls in with a band of traveling musicians, who, he finds out in increasingly suspenseful scenes, are murderous thieves who hold a terrified boy in thrall. The story of how he and the child, Owen, escape their clutches makes for a heart-stopping read. As in the other titles in the saga, characters and setting are expertly rendered. The ending is almost unbearably intense and leads to a deeply moving final scene in which Crispin learns that Bear will always be with him. Thrilling and beautifully wrought. (Historical fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061999635
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: Crispin Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 180,343
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • File size: 390 KB

Meet the Author

Avi

Avi is the author of more than sixty books, including Crispin: The Cross of Lead, a Newbery Medal winner, and Crispin: At the Edge of the World. His other acclaimed titles include The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth, both Newbery Honor Books, and most recently The Seer of Shadows. 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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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

    Crispin is on the final leg of his journey to reach freedom. He's heading for Iceland because according to his father figure, Bear, who just died, that is the last place for freedom. But the road isn't easy.

    Crispin must figure out how he and Troth - his friend and companion on the road to freedom - will reach Iceland. With no money, food, or protection, the two must find a way to reach this mysterious land safely.

    But when Troth decides to stay with some nuns who can provide her shelter and safety, Crispin must go on to Iceland himself. He meets up with a band of musicians and thinks he has finally found sanctuary, only to find out that this misfit family are thieves and murderers. Can Crispin free himself from this band? Will he ever make it to Iceland?

    Avi writes a fantastic end to the CRISPIN trilogy in THE END OF TIME. Full of twists and turns, the reader is never left bored. Avi creates a beloved character that the reader roots for from beginning to end.

    However, be forewarned: the ending will leave you wanting more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Great

    I had to read this series for a report for school. The first book hooked me at the first few pages. I would recomend that you read the books in order to understand the characters and how they came into play. I dont understand how you can give this book one star. If you do i want reasoning because this is one of the best books ever. I cant put it down. If you dont read the trilogy in order though i would get confused and maybe not like it. I rate five stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Love this book!!!!!!

    I wish they would make a nother book of crispin and owen.

    ;) ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Jake Walton Part 19

    Hey guys! Thanks Sam, i will try to post sooner (: Question of the post: Would you like to read the sequel of this book if i make one? Comments and questions at gods res. 2! Next part at Abarat book 1! Also to the people who are faking the story parts, please quit it. Its really annoying. Thank you for stopping if you read this. --- What i mean by a monster room is faces of monsters all on the wall. They stare at us creepily. We stand in a huddle with our backs toward each other. We all take out our weapons. A knock on the door scares the living daylights out of us. A tall lady in a white lab coat waks in. She has a cloth rapped around her head. She also had sunglasses on. I thought she had a disease and didnt want to show her face. "Hello." She says. "You guys are my next paitents." "Oh ok." Sam stammers. "Just curious, but why are their monster heads on the walls?" Sienna asks. "They are my most prized possestions deary." She responds in a calm tone. "Ok." Sienna turns to me th a pleading look. "As you can see, Doctor, we all got cut up pretty bad and would like you to tell us if we are ok or not." I explain. "How did you get cut up like this?" She asks. "We got beat up in the Lotus Hotel." John speaks up. "I see now. That is a dangerous hotel indeed. My husband had stayed there for what he thought was 5 minutes, but it was 10 years. He was killed when he tried to escape. He had finally had common sense." I see a tear trickle down her cheek as she explains the story in great detail. She looks at my face first. "Very handsome indeed. I mean-- You got cut up really bad. I know just the solution. Follow me." Sshe walks out the door and i follow her. Before i walk out the door i take a desperate look at my friends. They give me back pleading looks. She leads me down a hallway and takes me into a room. There ar statues in the room that looks a lot like people. Who is she? I ask myself. Medusa was the first name that popped into my head. I dont want to die like this. Getting turned into a statue. I shiver. Just then, my only thought was this. Run. --- Thanks for reading guys! Comments at gods res. 2! •JW :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Jake walton 19

    YOU FELL FOR IT;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Sophie

    Well,i'm doing a 39 clues author story.And every author writes six chapters.It would be an honor if you could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Sam

    So far id say 8 stars because of how long u take

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    SDA TO SOPHIE

    Sure! What for?---SA ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Looking forward

    I have not read tis book yer but i am looking forward!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Amazing

    Great trilogy.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Ummm

    ...i didnt like it much.....

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Have not read it.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm Hgfgh mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    awesome

    can't wait for the next one to come out

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