Crispin at the Edge of the World
What’s this book about?
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.
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.
Story Behind the Story
One of the pleasures (for me) in writing historical fiction is traveling to the places where the events I am writing about (and inventing) take place. So when I was working on Crispin at the Edge of the World, my wife and I traveled to France.
Somebody had to do it.
Awards and Recognition
- ALA Notable, 2006
- School Library Journal, starred review
- Booklist, starred review
- Kirkus, starred review
- KLIATT, starred review
- Child Magazine Best Children’s Book of the Year, 2006
- National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA) 2006, Honors Award
- Kansas City Star one of best books of the year, 2006
- Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2007
- Booksense Winner 2006–2007 Children’s Pick
“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.” (School Library Journal, starred review)