BC: The End
1: Avi, who has gone by that name since the age of about one years old, was born in New York City in 1937 and raised in Brooklyn. Even though he struggled in school as a child, writing was important to his family and subsequently it was also important to Avi. He seriously started thinking about becoming a writer his senior year of high school. He started as a playwright, and only started writing for children after having children of his own. Avi has since written more than fifty children's books including fantasies, adventures, comedies, historical fiction, mysteries, ghost stories, and more.
2: Avi was born on December 23, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a shy boy who liked to read and play imaginary games with his two siblings. In fact, his pseudonym “Avi” was a nickname given to him by his twin sister. | He spent most of his time reading picture books, then later chapter books, and comic books and listening to children’s radio programs. Avi attended Brooklyn schools through high school but decided to go away to the university. At the University of Wisconsin he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree and then later achieved a Masters of Arts degree. Avi continued his education at Columbia University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in LibraryScience. After finishing his education he became a librarian where he started writing plays for the children at his school. Not until Avi had children of his own did he start to write novels for young people.
3: His desire to be a writer began back in high school when a tutor inspired him. After reading some of Avi’s writing, the tutor said, “You know you are very interesting, if you wrote better, people would understand how interesting you are.” Avi was also inspired by the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson, “He epitomizes a kind of storytelling that dearly love and still read because it is true, it has validity, and beyond all, it is an adventure.”
4: Avi is still writing literature for children today, working on as many as five stories at a time. Not all of his stories are new ideas; some of them are based on plays he wrote while working as a librarian. | While Avi’s family supports him in his literary efforts, they do not provide him with ideas for his novels or advise changes. Avi admits that writing is tough for him; therefore he needs a quiet place to work where he will have no distractions. | Although Avi spends most of his time writing, he likes to “get away from it now and again.” His hobby is photography.
5: Avi was first published in the late 70’s, but it was not until many years later that he was honored with an award for his writing. In 1991 he received his first award, the American Library Association’s Newbery Honor Medal for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. A year later he won the same award for his 1992 novel, Nothing But the Truth. He then had to wait another nine year before obtaining the Newbery Medal for Crispin: The Cross of Lead. In truth, he writes not for the awards but for his readers. When asked what was his favorite book, he replied, “The Next One.”