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At the Edge of the World (Crispin #2)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,206 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, Large Print, 247 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jun 15, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Crispin: At the Edge of the World picks up right where its critically lauded predecessor left off, with Crispin and Bear fleeing after Crispin's noble sacrifice of his birthright as the lord's son in exchange for Bear's life, the man who had slowly morphed to become the type of father figure that Crispin had never previously known.

Now, though given free pass to leave the city where the endgame action in Crispin: The Cross of Lead had reached its climax, Crispin and Bear find themselves in no l
Camille Dent (TheCamillion)
The first installment of the Crispin trilogy had an interesting cast of characters who were entirely controlled by a predetermined plot, leaving behind character development. This sequel, however, is practically the opposite. Plot is minimal, completely driven by the characters, and while I would describe it as interesting, I would not call it very exciting. There's a vague goal of survival, but even the life-threatening situations don't feel very intense. Ultimately, the whole journey feels ver ...more
Crispin and Bear are on the run. After saving Bear from prison in the first book, they are trying to get as far away from thy from their enemies as possible, but Bear is still not well after his incarceration. And to make matters worse, when Crispin tries to find them shelter, a member of the Brotherhood that Bear belonged to, decides that he must be a traitor, and soon they are running from a new enemy. Another adventure, fraught with peril, meanwhile Bear and Crispin are growing closer than ev ...more
May 18, 2013 Aeryial rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a bore you go to ride on a ship but you don't now how to navigate. Crispin clams him a man win he still cant do anything right. Why does Bear even try to help a boy that doesn't need help but brain surgery. Crispin meet a girl named Troth that she was a witch marked by the devil how rude. But he take her with them on the way to "Ice Land " never mind that they took Troth to France were they got captured by French solders.
My teacher wanted use to read the second one. I didn't like the
Crispin and his juggler friend Bear continue to flee across the war-ravaged landscape of fourteenth-century England. Having barely escaped the former’s enemies, they are soon beset by old allies of the latter, who falsely label Bear a traitor and shoot him. The duo finds refuge with an odd pair in the woods, a wise crone and her misshapen apprentice Troth. As Bear weakens from his wounds and guilt from him past crimes, Crispin must grow into manhood to protect his makeshift family. Less enthrall ...more
Chris Thompson
Aug 18, 2015 Chris Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crispin: At the Edge of the World is the second book in Avi's trilogy about his young character, Crispin, and follows directly after the events in Crispin: The Cross of Lead. The first two books in the trilogy (I have not yet read the third) are very engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking pieces of historical fiction. They are more realistic than many young adult books, and Avi takes care to ensure Crispin is a product of the time the story takes place, and not a person with unrealistical ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
his is a sequel to his Newbery-winning book, Crispin: Cross of Lead (my review). It picks up immediately after Crispin and Bear make their way out of Great Wexley. (If you haven’t read book one, get thee to a library and read it. In the meantime, I won’t give any spoilers.) They are soon pursued and head for the busy port city of Rye where they might blend in and avoid capture.

In route, the very innocent Crispin learns much more about the world he is a part of. He and Bear find themselves helped
Jul 08, 2014 Eireanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Much like my review of the first book, this book is the continuing story of what befalls Crispin. It takes place directly after the first book ends, and follows him further in his journey. New characters are added, others are removed, and the plot continues to the third installment.

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At the conclusion of the Newbery Award–winning Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Bear and Crispin are free to follow new lives. As they travel in search of a new home, B
Feb 29, 2016 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A second in a series. Crispin must take care of the man who had taken care of him in the first of the series. The roles have changed and Crispin finds he knows very little.

The adventures compels the reader through the unknown, as Crispin struggles to help, protect and provide for Bear.

The boys hated to put it down. And didn't want it to end.
Nov 08, 2015 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
BEWARE: One man's bookflap summary may be another man's spoiler.

This is the sequel to "Crispin, Cross of Lead," the tale of an orphaned boy in 1300s England.

The prior story details Crispin's origins and tells how he teamed up with a jolly, hulking ex-soldier juggler, who looks after him. Though the two face numerous hazards, they emerge safely.

This installment, however, is far grimmer and ends on an uncertain note.

Crispin and "Bear" the juggler add Troth -- a shunned, harelipped girl -- to thei
Jeremy X
Sep 25, 2014 Jeremy X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This page-turner is the second book in the Newberry award-winning Crispin trilogy. The story is filled with exciting adventure yet also despair. This series is one of my all-time favorites (I've yet to read the third book). With an intriguing setting and plot, Avi meticulously accounts for the exciting life of Crispin - the orphan who was proclaimed a wolf's head and barely escaped his death. This page-turner is the second book in the Newberry award-winning Crispin trilogy. The story is filled w ...more
Jun 09, 2016 CarolAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the first book of "Crispin and the Lead Cross" you find a sweet burley giant of a man named Bear who takes in the orphan Crispin under his care. In this book there is a loving relationship that develops between Crispin and Bear and then later on Trope, an outcast of a girl with a harelip and no family. A family is created and roles are reversed. Crispin and Trope become the caretakers of Bear through unfortunate circumstances. I liked how Avi portrays the era of England, poverty, free soldier ...more
Noah Luna
Crispin is set in a borderline dystopia during a medieval time period in a land plagued by poverty and illiteracy. This book is about a boy, Crispin, who became an orphan at the outset of the book. Following the death of his mother, Crispin is dispelled from the village he has known his entire life, and sent wandering across the land and across several layers of society. The book covers his travels with Bear (a carny/political agitator/spy), whom he meets rambling the world. Throughout the book, ...more
Katharine Ott
"It was a June morning when Bear and I passed beyond Great Wexly's walls and left the crowded and treacherous city behind." This second book of Avi's trilogy for middle-grade readers, "Crispin: At the Edge of the World," picks right up where we left Crispin and Bear, having barely escaped with their lives the clutches of a band of revolutionaries and a nobleman and his soldiers. The setting in medieval England and later France is still a fascinating one as I try to imagine my own ancestors movin ...more
Richie Partington
05 May 2006 CRISPIN: AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Avi, Hyperion, September 2006, ISBN: 0-7868-5152-X

"I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand"
--David Crosby, "What are Their Names?"

"What kind of men -- I wondered -- were these that killed by day, drank by night, but prayed each morning?"

If you have yet to read CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD, then I urge you to stop reading this review of the s
Britt Watkins
I really like this one. Much more so than the first book in the trilogy. Many reviewers are of the opposite opinion. Makes me wonder if they're influenced by the Newbery awarded to the first book.

Crispin: Cross of Lead was really predictable and the relationship development between Crispin and Bear was rushed. Also the changes in Crispin's behavior happen too quickly making the climax unrealistic and difficult to accept.

Crispin: At the Edge of the World was so different from Cross of Lead (COL)
Lisa Rathbun
I liked this one less than the first. Crispin and Bear just kept aimlessly running, never even planning what they would eat. At one point, Crispin gets food, realizing he hasn't eaten for three days. In that case, I would have thought the author would include more of his fatigue and hunger on the previous pages. That he didn't seemed to weaken the story's accuracy.

Also I can't enjoy a book as much that portrays pagans positively and Christians as barbaric. Sadly, the Christianity of the Middle
Aug 08, 2009 Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was sent by the Children's Book of the Month Club for my 9mo old son. He's not ready for a 200 page novel, but I figured I'd read it. I found the story involving and the first person narative of late 14th century England interesting. The author certainly wished to give a historically accurate view of this period. As for it being a children's book, I think not.

It is a book full of death, with half the name characters ending up murdered, poor helpless villagers put to the sword by brigands, a
Sofie Mogensen
Crispin-At the Edge of the World
By Sofie Mogensen Block 7
This is a book for people that love suspense and surprises. Crispin and his friend Bear meet a girl named Troth, and together they travel through the world in a search for freedom. They meet a wide range of people on their journey, whom each have a major impact on the story. Bear and Crispin have changed a lot from the first book. Crispin becomes more aware of his responsibilities as a human, and now that Bear is older, and close to death
Jacob Dewitt
May 30, 2013 Jacob Dewitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The book that I read was Crispin: At the Edge of the World by AVI. This is the second book in the Crispin Series. I really enjoyed how the author include tremendous discription and detail while talking about the characters and the plot. The book was slow to start but then really started to shine bright like a diamond.

In the begining there was Crispin. Crispin was a young man looking for free land so he didn't have to be ruled by a king. Then later on Crispin met a man named Dragovich. So Crispi

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Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi is the second book that follows the journey of Crispin, Bear, and now Troth. Bear and Crispin are now running from the brotherhood Bear was apart of, due to the fact that they think he had betrayed them. While running, they come across Aude and Troth who assist in caring for Bear while he is wounded. Throughtout the book, they take Troth on their travels when Aude -- the woman who has become a mother type figure to her for her life -- died. But of course, ...more
Tykashi McNeal
This book is interesting because it has a good plot to it. It also leads up to a good climax at the end with a intense sword fight. This book has a sad ending to it with a extraordinary twist to it. Some of the things that I didn't like was that the author will overload with details for like one hundred pages. This book requires you to be able to push through this book but you will get rewarded with this book at the end.
Feb 12, 2015 Blessing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Freedom isn't just about being[free], it's about being able to make choices".
-Bear, character in this book.

Another one where I read the 2nd book before the first. I didn't know till I added to "My Books", but this book was pretty good without knowing the first. I liked about how it takes place in the 14th century England-learned me some new things and made some things I've heard about those times, make sense.
Aug 14, 2015 Shaunterria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great continuation of the previous book in the series, Crispin: At the Edge of the World doesn't waste time on too much preamble before it dives right into the story of Crispin and Bear. The plot moves along at a good pace and we are introduced to new characters that help broaden Cripsin's worldview. If anything, I can say that I did not enjoy the main character's lack of the common sense he seemed to have in the first book, but I still look forward to the next one.
Shaun Harris
Mar 07, 2013 Shaun Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c2shaun
I chose book because I read the first book in this series and I really enjoyed it. Crispin at the Edge of he World is very entertaining because the author AVI really describes the surroundings around you that make the story true to life. The story is about Crispin a orphaned teenager and a juggler whose name is Bear. In the story Bear is being pursued by members of his secret brotherhood and is badly wounded. Now Crispin must support Bear in there escape from the secret brotherhood. My favorite ...more
Nina M
Mar 03, 2010 Nina M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
This book was by far way better than the first one and this is why. This one goes through many more struggles that the first one which makes it way more interesting and makes you want to keep reading on and on until you finish the book and then your sad for 2 reasons. The first reason is because the book is over and the second reason is that the ending is really sad but I won't say anymore. I also think this book was way better because the settings were more decorative in your head and you just ...more
I read the first Crispin book years ago and liked it, but felt that that the book had ended while the story was still incomplete. So I was happy to see this book so I coul learn the rest of the story.

I liked the story up until the climax when **spoiler alert** Crispin helps attack a church. And okay, I realize the bad guys were forcing him to do their bidding lest they kill Bear, but I was like: Hey, I have an idea, Crispin. Why don't you ask that nice English knight who is praying to help you?
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Jul 06, 2011 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Age: 9-12

Genre: Historical fiction

Diversity: Religion, Nationality

Illustrations: None

Personal Response: While I generally enjoyed the first book in this trilogy this story fell flat for me. Despite ending in a cliff hanger I have no desire to read the final book of this trilogy due to my disappointment in this story. While the increasing violence and senselessness of the deaths in this story make a point I did not enjoy the way in which they were carried out.

Curriculum: As with the first Crispin
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Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use." Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series. His work is popular among readers young and old.
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  • The Cross of Lead (Crispin, #1)
  • The End of Time (Crispin, #3)

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