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Publisher: Balzer and Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Material: hard cover
Summary: Crispin, an English ex-serf, lives in Medieval times. In this story (the last book of the trilogy) Crispin and his friend Troth set out to find Iceland. Since they do not know where it is, they travel north until they cannot go any further because of exhaustion and hunger. They finally reach a Catholic convent, where nuns feed them and give them shelter. When they learn that many of the nuns are ill, Troth uses her knowledge of herbs to help them. Ultimately, Troth accepts an invitation from the nuns to stay at the convent permanently. Alone again, Crispin continues the search. He meets a group of musicians who let him in their group. It turns out they are teives who want to use Crispin as bait. Will he make it to Iceland? This is the third book in the Crispin Trilogy.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Young Reader Reaction: This novel is the final book of the trilogy about Crispin. Even though I like the trilogy as a whole, I did not like the ending of this book very much. It ended at a very awkward point in the plot. Crispin never steps foot into Iceland, and the whereabouts of Troth and the thieves are never mentioned. I would recommend this for middle school students, and I would recommend this trilogy as a gift.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Readers who like serial stories of historical adventure will like Crispin.
Cons: The ending leaves the reader asking themselves lots of questions.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a trilogy where you'll need to read books 1 and 2 for this to make sense.
Educational Themes: There are elements that offer readers a bit of insight into life in Medieval times. All in all, though, this is a story for pleasure reading.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, historical fiction, middle grade series
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2012
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.