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Crispin by Avi

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 Crispin Series: Poppy Series:
Other books since 1984:

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