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At the Edge of the World (Crispin Series #2)
     

At the Edge of the World (Crispin Series #2)

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by Avi
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

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.
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423140702
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Series:
Crispin Series , #2
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
161,454
File size:
794 KB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 23, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
Website:
http://www.avi-writer.com

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At the Edge of the World (Crispin Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT IS AS GOOD AS THE FIRST BOOK.
JoMaSp More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Avi is always excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very engaging and it is a great historical fiction read. It is mainly about the troubles of a young boy named Crispin, and his best friend Bear. They travel around medieval England while hiding from the secret brotherhood that Bear was a part of. They have many close calls along with gaining a new member in their family after a tragic loss of a great friend. They smartly out-smart their strong-willed enemies. This book is a sequel to the first Crispin book, which also has a very interesting and enticing story. I would highly recommend this book for a fairly easy read, around 200 pages long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But bear shouldn't have died in the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Pentetonix (i misspelled the 3rd word.) They are also known as ptx official.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first and this is even better
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Amazing
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One of the greatest books I've ever read.
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This book was perfect roto follow the first it made me absolutly want to read th third!!!!
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