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Avi


(Edward Irving Wortis)
USA flag (b.1937)

Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use." Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series. His work is popular among readers young and old. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
 
Novels
Snail Tale (1972)
No More Magic (1975)
Emily Upham's Revenge (1979)
The History of Helpless Harry (1980)
Shadrach's Crossing (1983)
Devil's Race (1984)
Bright Shadow (1985)
Wolf Rider (1986)
The Fighting Ground (1987)
Something Upstairs (1988)
The Man Who Was Poe (1989)
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? (1990)
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990)
Windcatcher (1991)
Nothing But the Truth (1991)
Blue Heron (1992)
Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway? (1992)
City of Light, City of Dark (1993)
The Bird, the Frog, and the Light (1994)
Smuggler's Island (1994)
The Barn (1994)
Sometimes I Think I Hear My Name (1995)
Tom, Babette and Simon (1995)
A Place Called Ugly (1996)
Finding Providence (1997)
Night Journeys, Homework Set (1997)
Perloo the Bold (1998)
Man from the Sky (1999)
Punch With Judy (1999)
Romeo and Juliet - Together (And Alive!) at Last (1999)
Amanda Joins the Circus (1999)
Keep Your Eye on Amanda! (1999)
Abigail Takes the Wheel (1999)
Midnight Magic (1999)
Captain Grey (2000)
Encounter at Easton (2000)
Night Journeys (2000)
S O R Losers (2000)
The Christmas Rat (2000)
The Grow Home (2001)
Don't You Know There's a War On (2001)
Prairie School (2001)
The Secret School (2001)
The Good Dog (2001)
Silent Movie (2003)
The Mayor of Central Park (2003)
Never Mind! (2004) (with Rachel Vail)
The End of the Beginning (2004)
The Book Without Words (2005)
The Traitors' Gate (2007)
Iron Thunder (2007)
The Seer of Shadows (2008)
A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End (2008)
Hard Gold (2009)
Murder At Midnight (2009)
City of Orphans (2011)
Sophia's War (2012)
Catch You Later, Traitor (2015)
Old Wolf (2015)
Reading the Sky (2015)
School of the Dead (2016)
The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts (2017)
The Player King (2017)
The Button War (2018)
The End of the World and Beyond (2019)
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Omnibus
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Collections
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Non fiction
 
Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (1991) : The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (1992) : Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel
Newbery Medal Best Novel winner (2003) : The Cross of Lead


Avi recommends
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As Simple as It Seems (2010)
Sarah Weeks
"Young readers will recognize their struggles to grow and understand their own lives, while laughing, and crying along the way. Nothing simple here; just fine writing."

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