Crispin: The End of Time

By

The writer known as Avi has written more than 70 books for children, and is a master of historical narrative. Crispin: The End of Time is the third volume of Avi’s medieval trilogy, following its young hero’s quest for a better life through England and northern France in 1377. Starving and alone, Crispin falls in with a family of thieving musicians, who take him to the great port city of Calais. From this seaport he hopes to find a ship to Iceland, where, his old mentor Bear told him, he would find a free life. But Iceland is a thousand miles away, and many people around him mean him evil.

Avi has done a lot of research, often rather dutifully laid down as stage dressing, but it never slows the story. Young Crispin grows into a braver, more confident boy as he outwits the thieves and plans his way to Iceland. This tale is timeless, a child’s delight, and the book is a pleasure to read aloud for adult and child.

Share this review

Buy "The Beggar at the Gate & Other Stories" for £2.05 (Kindle edition)

12 of the best stories selected from the 2012 Historical Novel Society Short Story Award

Details

Publisher

Published

Genre
,

Period

Century

Price
(US) $16.99

ISBN
(US) 9780061740800

Format
Hardback

Pages
223

Review

Appeared in

Reviewed by