Spotlight On... Avi
--by Hanje Richards
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 both the Newbery Honor and Newbery Medal.
Avi and his twin sister, Emily Wortis Leider (also a writer), were born in
Avi has written more than 70 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.
Blue Heron - As Maggie approaches her thirteenth birthday, she wants to believe that some kind of magic can stop the changes all around her. Her visit with her father and his new family at a lakeside cabin makes her wonder. Will he still love her as much, now that he has a new family, or will he love her baby half-sister more? Her father seems troubled and withdrawn and, while he insists nothing is wrong, she worries.
Alone with her own secret thoughts, Maggie finds comfort in the beautiful blue heron she visits at the lake every morning. With each visit, she grows more attached to the bird, and she becomes aware that someone else is watching, too – someone who's putting the bird in great danger. Through her determination to protect the bird, Maggie begins to understand the magic of change in her own life, and in the constantly changing world around her.[YA fiction]
The Book Without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic - In the ancient Northumbrian town of
Crispin: The Cross of Lead - Set in 14th-century
The History of Helpless Harry: To Which is Added a Variety of Amusing and Entertaining Adventures - Harry is far from helpless, despite what his parents think. When they leave for a few days, it is up to Harry to protect the family fortune from the evil town constable, a slick con man, his guardian Miss Trowbridge, and her strange visitor. Harry's skewed sense of judgment leads to many near-disasters and hilarious moments in this 19th century illustrated farce. [Juvenile fiction]
Man From The Sky - In an almost foolproof scheme, a man parachutes from an airplane with a large amount of money, only to be seen by a boy who has a reputation for seeing things in the clouds. [Juvenile fiction].
Magic - Mangus the Magician must free a princess from a terrifying ghost. Naturally, Mangus doesn't believe in ghosts. He doesn't even believe in magic! However, his servant boy, Fabrizio, is a secret friend of the princess and is determined to prove the ghost is real. [Juvenile fiction]
Poppy - Mr. Ocax is a Great Horned Owl who rules the mice who live around
Poppy and Ereth - Poppy, a deer mouse, and Ereth, a grumbling porcupine, have been the best of friends for as long as the animals of Dimwood Forest can remember. An unstoppable pair ever since they defeated the tyrannical owl, Mr. Ocax, Poppy and Ereth have enjoyed many happy adventures together. But, when a swirl of bitter winter storms buries
Poppy and Rye - Heartbroken over the death of her fiance, Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed's family. But, Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have flooded the serene valley where Ragweed lived. Together, Poppy and Ragweed's brother,
The Seer of Shadows - The time is 1872. The place is
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - The brig Seahawk looms against a darkening sky, black and sinister. Manned by an angry, motley crew at the mercy of a ruthless captain, the rat-infested ship reeks of squalor, despair... and mutiny! It is no place for the lone passenger, thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle; yet, for her, there is no turning back. At first a trapped and powerless young girl,