Name at birth: Edward Irving Wortis
Avi is the author of several novels for young readers and has won Newbery awards for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990), Nothing But The Truth (1991) and Poppy (1995). A longtime librarian before becoming a novelist, he has written historical novels, comedies, animal adventures and ghost stories. His books include No More Magic (1979), The Man Who Was Poe (1990) and Beyond the Western Sea (1997).
He has said he got the nickname Avi from his sister, but was too young to remember why… Avi does not use his family name because they discouraged him from becoming a writer.