When Bear is severely wounded, Crispin must make some tough decisions, such as deciding who else to trust to help them escape their pursuers. The two make a perilous journey to Brittany - surely the edge of the world! There, they must confront death in order to find true freedom.
Avi has written several books of historical fiction for which he has been showered with numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal for Crispin: Cross of Lead. He explores the themes of war, religion, and family in this suspenseful adventure. The superb reading from narrator Ron Keith will enthrall listeners.
©2006 Avi; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"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)
Avi's Crispin books take place in England in the middle Ages. Unlike almost all other novels of this time and place her books can be depressing in that they focus on the poverty, voilence, and ignorance of the time. While the first Crispin novel seems to end up on a positive note this one takes over from that point and proves this assumption dead wrong.
Avi's books tell of the way things really were if you were not one of the fortunate. It is not fairty tale stuff and if you are looking for that look elsewhere. Also in many ways you can draw parallels with the downtrodden in todays world where poverty, war, and starvatation are still are the norm.
These are not happy-go-lucky books and can be frightening to its young adult adience. It can be a child's first glimpse of the sorrow, evil, and cruelty that most parents want to shelter them from. However they are also stories about life and the struggle we all face dealing with it.
The reader is awesome. I give it four stars instead of 5 because I would have liked to see a bit more light among the misery.
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