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Crispin: The End of Time (Crispin (Balzer & Bray))

Press: Balzer + Bray; 1 Reprint edition (June 15, 2010)
Publication Date:2010-6
Author Name:Avi


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.


The action is nonstop and danger is around every corner. 
The first-person voice lends a sense of urgency to the novel, and Avi’s writing style is as elegant and engaging as ever.
(School Library Journal)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.
(The Horn Book)Praise for CRISPIN: AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD:Child Magazine Best Book of the YearA Book Sense Winter Children’s PickNational Parenting Publication Honors Award Winner“A must purchase.” (KLIATT(starred review))“This moving, history-packed adventure leaves Crispin on the edge of the world and readers on the edge of their seats.
Super storytelling.” (Kirkus Reviews(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.” (Booklist (starred review))“Readers will devour this story and eagerly anticipate the conclusion of Crispin’s adventures.” (School Library Journal (starred review))Praise for CRIPSIN: CROSS OF LEAD:John Newbery Medal WinnerALA Notable Children’s BookNew York Times Best SellerPublishers Weekly Best SellerA Seattle Times Book of the Year“Avi’s plot is engineered for maximum thrills, with twists, turns, and treachery aplenty .
A page-turner to delight Avi’s fans, it will leave readers hoping for a sequel.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))“.
a page-turner from beginning to end .
[A] meticulously crafted story, full of adventure, mystery, and action.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

About the Author

Avi is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five books for young readers, ranging from animal fantasy to gripping historical fiction, picture books to young adult novels. 
Crispin: The Cross of Lead won the Newbery Medal, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth were awarded Newbery Honors.
He is also the author of the popular Poppy series.
Avi lives outside Denver, Colorado.
You can visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.


Children's Books,Literature & Fiction,Historical Fiction,Medieval,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Friendship, Social Skills & School Life,Boys & Men,Action & Adventure

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Comment List (Total:17)

  •     Overall, the book was really good and the ending left a since of closure and possibility. But if you've only read the first one, then I would recommend to stay with that, it's not that the last two books are bad, they're as good as they could be but they take away everything he had secured at the end of the first book . But, if you have already read the second(most likely for the majority of y'all reading this)then the damage has been done and I'm pretty sure you don't want to leave the series on that depressing note. Sure what I said before about him losing everything, sure there are moments where the stories so gloomy that you want to Chuck your kindle at a wall but overall, again, it was a good book.

  •     My grandson loved this book and also the first one

  •     Very good book.

  •     Excellent book for the middle-grade boys who are reluctant readers!

  •     I received the book torn on the back and front. Damaged. All the other books were brand new. This one wasn't. Very disappointed.

  •     I didn't like the book because, although it was the last of the series, it left you at a cliffhanger.

  •     This is a nice adventure story set in Medieval Europe. There are included many references to what daily life was like at that time, that makes history fun to learn.

  •     Great adventure. Great storyline. Great characters. Great book. Can't wait for the next one to be written and be read

  •     I purchased a study guide to go along with this book for my daughter's schooling. I read it as well and would not have recommended it for a 6th grade curriculum if I had read it...


  •     An amazing writer, my two children, aged 9 and 11, and I, read all three books of this trilogy right through. Gripping, beautifully written, historically rich. Avi puts us into another time and shows us the lives of those who are not often seen in our histories: the poor, the people just getting by, the outlawed, the sick and the survivors. My one and only wish were that the last 2 books of the series had some of the bright moments that the first had. In the first, Bear is so alive; he is a force for life. And in the last two, we have little escape from the darkness.

  •     A well-written and thrilling conclusion to the Trilogy. Not what we anticipated happening -- better! It has made us feel that we need to check out more books by this author. Sad that there weren't any more in this series.

  •     This book went too fast for me. It was that good of a read. There was plenty of action, conflict and suspense. I recommend this and add this to your collection.

  •     I love these books! Avi writes for a younger reader, but adults who enjoy descriptive, engaging stories will love his work as well. I really appreciate that while he writes mainly for a younger audience (9-15+), he does not "dumb down" his work for kids. He writes in such a way that children can understand and follow along, but it isn't the mindless garbage that so many produce in this genre. His historical stories are lush with detail, and kids can really imagine the characters, and the lives that they lead. A great read!

  •     The best part of AVI's Crispin trilogy is that he takes kids and teens as real people with real concerns. In this book Crispin is still dealing with problems most American kids don't have...but some do and others in luckier circumstances need to know that. A thought-provoking story.

  •     My 10 year old son devoured this book in the summer. He said that it was a page turner:)

  •     My Grandson was pleased to receive this book.


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