Avi: award winning author of more than 70 books for children and young adults.

Born:  December 23, 1937

Avi is best known for his numerous awards in Children’s Literature.  Two of his most famous works, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth won both the Newberry Award and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award and are read by thousands of school children each year.  These two books, along with five others by Avi, are currently on the American Library Association’s Notable Books List.

Born into a family of authors, Avi struggled in school during most of his childhood.  He remembers,

Since writing was important to my family, friends, and school, it was important to me. I wanted to prove that I could write. But it took years before I had a book published.

After he failed every class in high school, his parents placed him in a small private school where he could receive special tutoring in reading and writing.  It was his tutor, Ella Ratnor, who inspired him to write books for children.  Today he encourages others who struggle.

Listen and watch the world around you. Try to understand why things happen. Don’t be satisfied with answers others give you. Don’t assume that because everyone believes a thing it is right or wrong. Reason things out for yourself. Work to get answers on your own. Understand why you believe things. Finally, write what you honestly feel, then learn from the criticism that will always come your way.