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- Occupation: Author
- Born: December 23, 1937 in New York City
- Best known for: Author of Crispin: Cross of Lead and Nothing But the Truth
Avi is a popular author of kids books. Avi is a pen name, his real name is Edward Irving Wortis. Avi is known for many of his books including the Crispin series and Christmas Rat as well as winning the Newbery Medal and two Newbery Honor awards.
Where did Avi grow up?
Avi was born on December 23, 1937 in New York City. He spent most of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York. His family loved to read and write including his grandfathers, who were both writers, and his grandmother, who was a playwright. Later his twin sister Emily would also become a writer.
Avi struggled in school and didn't even do well in writing. He finally had to get a tutor to help him. He worked hard, though, and has written over 70 books to date. He didn't start out writing kids books, he started out as a playwright. When he had kids, he got the idea to write childrens books.
Where did he get the name Avi?
Avi is a nickname given to him as a child by his twin sister. His real full name is Edward Irving Wortis.
What kinds of books does Avi write?
Avi has written a wide variety of kids books including animal tales (the Poppy series about a dear mouse), comedy (Who Was that Masked Man Anyway?), adventure (Crispin: Cross of Lead), and a number of historical novels (Crispin series, The Fighting Ground). His books have won a number of awards including the Newbery Medal for Crispin: Cross of Lead and two Newbery Honor Awards for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth.
Fun Facts about Avi
List of Books by Avi
- Alan Arkin, Hollywood actor, is Avi's cousin.
- His twin sister is also a writer.
- He liked to listen to kid's radio as a child.
- He didn't like sports as a kid.
- Avi says his favorite book is the next one he is writing. He says his funniest book is Who Was that Masked Man Anyway?
- Avi says that rewriting is an important part of his work. He may rewrite something fifty or sixty times!
- Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2002)
- Crispin: At the Edge of the World (2006)
- Crispin: The End of Time (2010)
Other books since 1984:
- Poppy (1995)
- Poppy & Rye (1998)
- Ragweed (1999)
- Ereth's Birthday (2000)
- Poppy's Return (2005)
- Poppy and Ereth (2009)
- The Fighting Ground 1984
- Bright Shadow 1985
- Wolf Rider 1986
- Romeo & Juliet, Together and Alive at Last 1987
- Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts 1988
- The Man Who Was Poe 1989
- The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle 1990
- Nothing But the Truth 1991
- Windcatcher 1991
- Blue Heron, 1992
- Who Was that Masked Man Anyway? 1992
- City of Light, City of Dark 1993
- Punch With Judy 1993
- The Barn 1994
- The Bird the Frog and the Light : A Fable 1994
- Tom, Babbette & Simon 1995
- Beyond the Western Sea: The Escape from Home (Book I) 1996
- Beyond the Western Sea: Lord Kirkle's Money (Book II) 1996
- Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams 1997
- Keep Your Eyes on Amanda 1997
- What Do Fish Have To Do With Anything? and other stories 1997
- Talk to Me 1997
- Perloo the Bold 1998
- Abigail Takes the Wheel 1999
- Midnight Magic 1999
- Amanda Joins the Circus 1999
- Second Sight: Stories for a New Millennium 1999
- The Christmas Rat 2000
- Don't You Know There's a War On? 2001
- Prairie School 2001
- The Good Dog 2001
- The Secret School 2001
- Silent Movie 2003
- The Mayor of Central Park 2003
- Never Mind 2004
- The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) 2004
- The Book Without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic 2005
- Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformation 2006
- The Traitors' Gate 2007
- Iron Thunder 2007
- The Seer of Shadows 2008
- A Beginning, a Muddle and an End 2008
- Murder at Midnight 2009
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