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Avi
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.35

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     challenging words:    dysgraphia, determined, inattentive, award-winning, dialogue, better, feud, politics, traitor, murder, reading, sequel, decade, unaware, whom, successful
     content words:    New York City, New York Public Library, Trenton State College, New Jersey, Things That Sometimes Happen, No More Magic, Night Journeys, Captain Grey, And Alive, At Last


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Avi
By Jamie Kee
  

1     Avi, who received his name from his twin sister when he was a just a year old, is an American writer who enjoys telling various types of stories such as adventures, mysteries, comedies, and fantasies. He also likes to use many different genres. Avi's books are written for children of all ages, from picture books and early readers to young adult fiction. Avi has written over sixty books. Although his novels cover a wide range of styles, one thing is common in all his books. They all offer pleasure or enjoyment, even for reluctant readers.
 
2     Avi was born on December 23, 1937, in New York City, but he was raised in Brooklyn. It's unclear why his twin sister chose Avi when she named her brother, but it's the only name he uses now. Growing up in Brooklyn, Avi's father was a doctor, and his mother was a social worker. Reading was important to his family, and every night his parents read to him. It was a routine for the family to go to the library every Friday, and Avi remembers receiving one or more books on his birthdays. As a young child, he had many books, and he always enjoyed reading. Even now, reading is a pleasure to Avi.
 
3     As a child, school was difficult for Avi. He was in the same class as his twin sister until the eighth grade, and he never liked that. His older brother was thought to be a genius and even started college at the age of fifteen. Avi's sister was smart, too. That put pressure on him because he was different from his siblings. Even though Avi was an intelligent child and loved to read, he was a poor writer. Teachers told him that his writing made no sense. He was also different because he would rather read and play imagination games while the others boys played sports. By the time Avi reached high school, he was failing his classes, so his parents put him into a small school that focused specifically on writing and reading. He also received extra tutoring. It was eventually discovered that Avi has a learning disability known as dysgraphia.

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