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Born in New York City in 1937, Avi—the name given him by his twin sister—was raised in a home with a family history of authorship and books. Though he struggled with writing in school, he decided in high school to become just that—a writer. His first book was published in 1970, and since then he has published some seventy-one books for young people in the United States and around the world. Known for his wide stylistic range and prolific literary skills, Avi is the recipient of many writing honors, including the 2003 Newbery Medal for Crispin: The Cross of Lead, two Newbery Honors, for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth, two Horn Book Awards (Poppy, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle) the Scott O'Dell Award for The Fighting Ground, Easton, the Christopher Award for Encounter at Easton, plus innumerable state awards. Out this spring was Crispin: The End of Time. Avi can be found on the web at:

Timothy Bush is the illustrator of, among other titles, the 2007 ALA Notable Book All In Just One Cookie, and My Dad’s Job by Peter Glassman, which is currently in development as a feature film by Nickelodeon. Benjamin McFadden and the Robot Babysitter, a picture book he wrote and illustrated, has been optioned as a feature film by Walt Disney Pictures. His work can be seen at

Timothy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Dallas on academic scholarship. He spent two years as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Vienna Austria, and also lived for a time in the Greek Islands. He currently resides in New York City.

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