Crispin: At the Edge of the World
Ages 12 and up
Hyperion, 2006, 0-7868-5152-X
Crispin feels elated and free. He and his dear friend Bear have been released from captivity and now they are trying to put as much distance between themselves and the town where they had so many problems. Bear is not well though and Crispin finds that he now has a new role – to be the one in charge. Before, Bear was always the one who took care of Crispin and it feels strange to have these roles reversed. Matters suddenly become much worse when a member of the Brotherhood, an organization which Bear used to belong to, sees Bear and insists that Bear is a traitor to their cause. Bear and Crispin are on the run once more.
Fleeing their enemies Bear and Crispin take refuge in some woods, but not before Bear is shot and injured. Here Bear is cared for by an old healer woman, Aude, and her assistant, Troth, a girl with a disfigured face who is shunned by society. At first Crispin is afraid of this strange pair and their pagan beliefs. Will he be rejected by God if he accepts their help? But, with time, he comes to see how kind and gentle the two are. They mean no harm and they help those who ask for it.
When Aude is viciously killed by some villagers Bear, Crispin, and now Troth, set off on their travels once again hoping to journey far away to some place where they will be safe and where the Brotherhood will not find Bear. Perhaps their only choice is to get on a boat and to sail away to a new land.
In this superbly written sequel to the Newbery award winning book “Crispin: The Cross of Lead” Avi carries on the adventure of this very special boy. Crispin discovers that so many of things he was sure of in the past are confusing to him now. Before, Bear was always the one who was strong, who knew the answers, and who was always cheerful and full of life. Now Bear is weary and sick and the large man is tortured by the memory of past misdeads, things that he cannot even bring himself to tell Crispin about.
Readers will find themselves being quickly drawn into this incredibly compelling tale which not only tells a story of three very exceptional people, but which also gives the reader a picture of what it might have been like to live at the end of the fourteen century.
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