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About the Author

Avi was born in 1937, in the city of New York and raised in Brooklyn. He began his writing career as a playwright, and didn't start writing childrens books until he had kids of his own. (Bowker Author Biography)


Works by Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2002) 5,546 copies
Poppy (1995) 2,619 copies
The Secret School (2001) 2,555 copies
Nothing but the Truth (1991) 2,429 copies
Midnight Magic (1999) 1,705 copies
The Fighting Ground (1984) 1,480 copies
Ragweed (1997) 1,231 copies
Poppy and Rye (1998) 1,083 copies
The Seer of Shadows (2008) 1,081 copies
The Good Dog (2001) 1,040 copies
Perloo the Bold (1998) 994 copies
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? (1981) 939 copies
Prairie School (2001) 880 copies
The Barn (1994) 820 copies
Ereth's Birthday (2000) 799 copies
Something Upstairs (1988) 779 copies
The Man Who Was Poe (1989) 733 copies
Windcatcher (1991) 730 copies
Iron Thunder (I Witness) (2007) 713 copies
Blue Heron (1992) 614 copies
Bright Shadow (1985) 602 copies
The Escape From Home (1996) 581 copies
City of Orphans (2011) 513 copies
Night Journeys (1979) 423 copies
Poppy's Return (2005) 419 copies
Wolf Rider (1986) 389 copies
City of Light, City of Dark (1993) 387 copies
The Christmas Rat (2000) 372 copies
Old Wolf (2015) 372 copies
Captain Grey (1977) 366 copies
Lord Kirkle's Money (1996) 361 copies
Never Mind!: A Twin Novel (2004) 358 copies
S.O.R. Losers (1984) 329 copies
Crispin: The End of Time (2010) 323 copies
Murder At Midnight (2009) 320 copies
No More Magic (1975) 265 copies
The Traitors' Gate (2007) 248 copies
Poppy and Ereth (2009) 236 copies
Catch You Later, Traitor (1794) 188 copies
A Place Called Ugly (1981) 182 copies
Silent Movie (2003) 170 copies
The Mayor of Central Park (2003) 157 copies
Man from the Sky (1980) 150 copies
The Player King (2017) 140 copies
Encounter at Easton (1980) 135 copies
Smuggler's Island (1983) 124 copies
School of the Dead (2016) 105 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Editor; Contributor; Introduction — 90 copies
Devil's Race (1984) 85 copies
Gold Rush Girl (2020) 75 copies
Ragweed and Poppy (2020) 66 copies
Punch With Judy (1999) 58 copies
Loyalty (2022) 54 copies
Second Sight : Stories for a New Millennium (1999) — Contributor — 43 copies
Keep Your Eye on Amanda (1999) 12 copies
City of Magic (2022) 11 copies
The Secret Sisters (2023) 7 copies
Primula si sposa (2003) 1 copy
Bored Tom {novelette} (2006) 1 copy
Skyfire 1 copy
Horse Power 1 copy

Associated Works

Robinson Crusoe (1719) — Foreword, some editions — 24,804 copies
The Call of the Wild (1903) — Introduction, some editions — 20,063 copies
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contributor — 768 copies
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 279 copies
Tripping Over the Lunch Lady and Other School Stories (2004) — Contributor — 248 copies
The Color of Absence: 12 Stories About Loss and Hope (2001) — Contributor — 89 copies
Acting Out (2008) — Contributor — 66 copies
911: The Book of Help (2002) — Contributor — 49 copies
Pirulí (2002) — Illustrator — 14 copies
Pirulí en el zoo (1999) — Illustrator — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge



Book about sailing/pirates in Name that Book (December 2015)


Ragweed, a young country mouse, leaves his family and travels to the big city, where he finds excitement and danger and sees cats for the first time.
PlumfieldCH | 9 other reviews | Mar 21, 2024 |
Really enjoyed it, will have to read the rest of the series. I felt it was stronger in the beginning, where Crispin behaved in ways that are almost inexplicable by today’s standards( returning home when he clearly should have run) but, as the book progressed, he stated doing things that seemed unlikely for him(sneaking off). All in all though, held my interest
cspiwak | 126 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
I've read several "Poe as detective" books but felt this one was better than most.
His character was in keeping, generally, with what is known of Poe, and yet the author managerd to make his involvement somewhat plausible.

All in all, an enjoyable read
cspiwak | 8 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
Noah Cope, a 13 year old boy, is living through the American Revolution. He has to become the man of the house after his father, a pastor who is loyal to the English Church and the king, is killed by the rebels. After he and his family leave their home of Tullbury to move to Boston to live with their uncle, Noah has to find a job to help provide for his family. He gets a job working as a spy for the British at the Green Dragon Tavern. While working at the tavern, Noah starts to question the truth and whose side he is really on.

I am so glad that Avi wrote a new middle grades American Revolution book! I have been looking for a new book club book for some if my higher 5th grade readers for our American Revolution unit and this is it!

I love how clear Avi was in the early chapters with vocabulary. For children who are learning about the American Revolution and all the technical vocabulary it was a huge help! He clearly definite Tories, loyalists, red coats, Sons of Liberty, continental army, royal crown, and more. It really set the stage well for the young readers to learn, but also better understand the story.

I also really enjoyed the progression of the book. It mentioned so many real places and people. It will help students learn about some of the major events in the American Revolution and sympathize with the struggle people faced during the war, which I feel is sometimes left out of the history books. The main character Noah was very relatable. As a young boy you could really feel his struggle and trying to think for himself on what side he is on loyalist or rebel.
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Booksonthehammock | 1 other review | Feb 19, 2024 |



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