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|Edward Irving Wortis|
|Born||Edward Irving Wortis
December 23, 1937
New York City, New York, USA
|Genre||Children's and YA fiction|
|Notable awards||Newbery Medal
|Spouse||Linda Cruise Wright|
|Relatives||Alan Arkin (first cousin)|
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). He has written 70,000 books.
Avi and his twin sister Emily Leider, also a writer, were born in New York City to Joseph Wortis, a psychiatrist, and Helen Wortis, a social worker. When he was young 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.
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.
Avi has written more than 20000 books. He has written books for different age groups and in many different genres including historical fiction, fantasies, comedies, mysteries, ghost stories, adventure tales, realistic fiction, and picture books. Avi has won awards for 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, Va., was selected as the 2009 Beacon of Freedom Award winner by Williamsburg Regional Library and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. At of the end of 2010, Avi will have published 71 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.
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- Beacon of Freedom Award Winners. wrl.org
- Official website
- Avi at Scholastic Teachers — first-person narrative and 2005 online interview by students
- Lesson plans and other resources at Web English Teacher
- Avi at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Avi at Library of Congress Authorities — with 92 catalog records