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Name  Edward Wortis
Pen name  Avi
Role  Author
Citizenship  American

Nationality  American
Occupation  Novelist
Spouse  Linda Cruise Wright
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Born  December 23, 1937 (age 85) New York, New York, US (1937-12-23)
Genre  Children's and YA fiction
Notable works  The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleNothing But the TruthCrispin: The Cross of LeadPoppy
Awards  John Newbery Medal, Golden Kite Award for Fiction, Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature
Education  Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Parents  Joseph Wortis, Helen Wortis
Books  Crispin: The Cross of Lead, The True Confessions of Charlot, Nothing But the Truth: A Documen, Poppy, The Fighting Ground
Similar People  Brian Floca, Gary Paulsen, Katherine Paterson, Kate DiCamillo, Bobbie Ann Mason

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Edward Irving Wortis (born December 23, 1937), better known by the pen name Avi, is an American author of young adult and children's literature. He is a winner of the Newbery Medal and twice one of the runners-up (Newbery Honor).


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Avi and his twin sister were born in Brooklyn, New York to Joseph Wortis, a psychiatrist, and Helen Wortis, a social worker. When he was a year old, his sister gave him the nickname "Avi." Two of Avi's grandfathers were writers, and one grandmother was a playwright. In interviews, he recalled his mother reading to him and his sister every night, and going to the public library on Fridays. He is also the first cousin of the Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin.

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Avi's parents transferred him from Stuyvesant High School to Elisabeth Irwin High School, a smaller private school. There, he studied with a tutor, Ella Ratner, whom he credits for his writing success. He struggled in school due to suffering from dysgraphia, a writing disorder.

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Avi has written more than 75 books. He has written books for different age groups and in many different genres including historical fiction, fantasies, graphic novels, comedies, mysteries, ghost stories, adventure tales, realistic fiction, and picture books. Avi has won awards for some of his books, including a Newbery Honor for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle in 1991 and another for Nothing But the Truth in 1992. His fiftieth book, Crispin: the Cross of Lead, was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2003. Avi's book Iron Thunder, about the ironclad Monitor and its battle with the CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads, Virginia, was selected as the 2009 Beacon of Freedom Award winner by Williamsburg Regional Library and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Avi has published more than 70 books, all written for children/young adults. In 2006, Avi wrote a sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead titled Crispin: At the Edge of the World. The third part of the series, Crispin: The End of Time was published in 2010. His most recent novels, Catch You Later, Traitor and Old Wolf were met with critical success. In 2016, a collection of short stories was published by Candlewick Press, The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers.

After living in Providence, Rhode Island in the 1980s and 1990s, Avi now lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with his wife, Linda Cruise Wright.


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