My son and I have been on a bit of an Avi kick lately. So far, Crispin has been my favourite. This book has a rich medieval setting and a compelling plot: Crispin is being hunted for reasons he does not understand, and the tension Avi creates around this is kept up throughout the novel. I totally loved the character of Bear. At first the reader isn't sure if he is friend or foe, but he turns out to be a warm and bold protector of Crispin, lovingly rendered and believable. I would have given this book 5 stars if it had started with a bit more kick to it. It took a little while to get into the story. But it's definitely worth the read. It is moving, suspenseful, and has an ending that satisfies.