Avi, aka Edward Irving Wortis
Edward Irving Wortis, otherwise known by his pen name Avi, was born in New York City in 1937. From a family of writers, playwrights, and actors, Avi was exposed to literature at a young age. And despite his dysgraphia, a writing disorder that proved arduous in school, Avi went on to write more than 75 books that span many genres and readerships: historical fiction, fantasies, graphic novels, comedies, ghost stories, adventure tales, mysteries and picture books.
Avi has won a Newberry Honor for two of his books: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle in 1991 and Nothing But the Truth in 1992. His 50th book, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, was given the Newberry Medal in 2003. The third part of this triology was published in 2010.
To find out more about Avi and his writing, check out his webpage.