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Crispin at the Edge of the World

Crispin at the Edge of the World

The Crispin Books, book 2 of 3
Hype­r­i­on, 2006

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audio book nar­rat­ed by Ron Keith

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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.


Teach­ing guide for all three Crispin novels

Lis­ten to Avi read from Crispin at the Edge of the World

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)

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