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Avi’s work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the 2003 Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD. MURDER AT MIDNIGHT marks his 70th published book. He lives in Denver, Colorado.


Books by Avi

by Avi - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Convicted of thievery and transported from England to America, Oliver Cromwell Pitts is sent across the Atlantic, where his indentured servitude is purchased by the foul, miserly Fitzhugh. On Fitzhugh’s isolated tobacco farm, Oliver’s only companion is an enslaved boy named Bara. Oliver hopes he can find his sister, Charity, brought to the colonies on a different ship. Bara dreams of reaching a community of free black people in the cypress swamp who may help him gain his liberty. But first the boys must flee Fitzhugh’s plantation and outrun their brutal pursuer and the dangers that lurk in the swamp.

by Avi - Adventure, Children's 9-13, Family, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England, 1724, Oliver Cromwell Pitts wakes to find his father missing and his house flooded by a recent storm. He’s alone in his ruined home with no money and no food. Oliver’s father has left behind a barely legible waterlogged note: he’s gone to London, where Oliver’s sister, Charity, is in trouble. Exploring damage to the town in the storm’s aftermath, Oliver discovers a shipwreck on the beach. Removing anything from a wrecked ship is a hanging offense, but Oliver finds money that could save him, and he can’t resist the temptation to take it.

by Avi - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction

England, 1486. King Henry VII has recently snatched the English Crown and now sits on the throne, while young Prince Edward, who has a truer claim, has apparently disappeared. Meanwhile, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is slaving away at a tavern in Oxford --- until a mysterious friar, Brother Simonds, buys Lambert from the tavern keeper and whisks him away in the dead of night. But this is nothing compared to the secret that the friar reveals: You, Lambert, are actually Prince Edward, the true King of England!

by Avi - Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Military

Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world beyond his tiny Polish village; the Russians have occupied the land for as long as anyone can remember, but then control of the village falls from one nation to another, and Patryk's friend Jurek devises a dare yet: whichever boy steals the finest military button will be king. But as sneaking buttons from uniforms hanging to dry progresses to looting the bodies of dead soldiers, Patryk begins to wonder whether their “button war” is still just a game. When devastation reaches their doorstep, the lines between the button war and the real war blur.

by Avi - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery

For most of Tony Gilbert’s life, he has thought of his uncle as “Weird Uncle Charlie.” That is, until Uncle Charlie moves in with Tony and his family. Uncle Charlie is still odd, but he and Tony become fast friends. When Uncle Charlie dies suddenly, Tony is devastated. Then he starts seeing Uncle Charlie everywhere! It doesn’t help that Tony switched schools. The Penda School is eerie enough without his uncle’s ghost making it worse. On top of that, rumors have been circulating about a student who went missing shortly before Tony arrived. Could that somehow be related to Uncle Charlie’s ghost?

by Avi - Children's 10+, Family Life, Friendship, Short Stories

Luke sees the ghost of his father but can’t figure out what Dad wants him to do. Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he’s just met and discovers what lies behind the man’s erratic behavior. Ryan has some surprising questions when he interviews his prospective stepfather for the job. In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple-award-winning author Avi introduces seven boys --- boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives. 

written by Avi with illustrations by Brian Floca - Children's, Environment

In the computer game world of Bow Hunter --- Casey’s world --- there are no deaths, just kills. In the wolf world --- Nashoba’s world --- there have been no kills. For this is March, the Starving Time in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado, when wolves and ravens alike are desperate for food. And when 13 year old Casey crosses their path, two very different approaches to hunting collide.

by Avi - Adventure, Mystery

Brooklyn, New York, 1951. Twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid who loves Sam Spade detective books and radio crime dramas, but when an FBI agent shows up at Pete’s doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist, Pete finds himself caught in a real-life mystery. At the same time, Pete’s class turns against him, thanks to similar rumors spread by his own teacher; even Kat, Pete’s best friend, feels the pressure to ditch him. As Pete follows the quickly accumulating clues, he begins to wonder if the truth could put his family’s livelihood--and even their freedom--at risk.

by Avi - Children's, Fiction

In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds.

by Avi - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Fifteen-year-old Maura and twelve-year-old Patrick O'Connell are finally free from the impoverished conditions of their small Irish village and onto a ship heading to America, but there is still a treacherous journey ahead of them. The children are in search of a better world and a new home. But will they find what they're looking for in America?

written by Avi , illustrated by Greg Ruth
by Avi - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 9+

Scholarly Mangus the magician and his faithful new servant boy have been marked as easy scapegoats for the traitor lurking within King Claudio’s court. They must gather clues to solve the mystery and prove their innocence before the stroke of midnight...or face death!