Are you making use of the Avi Reads! pages on my website? Your classroom, library group, and family can hear readings from all three Crispin books and the six Poppy books. The selections are from 1 to 14 minutes in length. Enjoy!
Just the other day I opened a letter from a boy who told me how much he enjoyed my Crispin books, and begged me to write one more.
Lovely enough, but most unusual, there was this: “P.S. From —-‘s mom. Thank you so much for writing the Crispin books. We read them aloud as a family. (I had a hard time reading through my tears when Bear died and at the end of the third book.) They are beautifully written, exciting, and very moving. We all hope to hear more of Crispin’s story some day!”
I won’t pretend I didn’t appreciate the praise. That said, we often forget that it is the nature of books for young people, that the subject of families constitute its essential subtext. Thus this image, this notion, of a family gathered around and reading my books, touched me deeply. I can’t think of a higher honor or achievement.
Therefore, as another writer, in another time and in another book wrote for the same season: “As Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”
Jaxon, of Acme, Washington, wrote to ask, “What happened to Crispin and Owen after they got on the ship to Iceland?” Questions like that, what happened after the book ends? are not uncommon. You can consider them in a number of ways: that I have not completely satisfied my reader; that the story (and characters) are so real that the reader feels the characters must have a further life; that the reader has enjoyed being with the characters so much they want to spend more time with them. I suspect that these same thoughts work on the writer, too. I had not planned to write the six Poppy books, but I so enjoyed the characters, I wanted to write more about them. After writing Night Journeys I worried so about the fate of the characters, I had a dream about what happened next, and indeed, followed that dream to write Encounter at Easton (the only time that ever happened). In the case of the Crispin books, my first musings on the story were such that I contemplated four volumes, which would ultimately lead to, among other things, “What happened to Crispin and Owen after they got on the ship to Iceland?” A publisher’s decision, in which I partly concurred, meant that I did not write that fourth volume. But in fact, I do know (in my head) what happened to Crispin. And I will, someday, write that saga.