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January 10, 2010
BOOKBEAT By CHERYL KELLY, Children’s Librarian, Salem Public Library

Children's author Avi seems like an unlikely candidate to be an author of over 60 children's books. As a child he was shy and not an overly good student. In fact, he failed all his classes when he started high school so his parents moved him to a smaller school that specialized in reading and writing. It was then that they discovered that Avi was disgraphic (a disability that caused Avi to reverse letters and misspell words.) By his senior year, Avi had made a dramatic change. Not only did he gain confidence in his writing skills, he decided to become a writer. He started his career as a playwright but shifted to children's literature after a few years. He states that he was able to make the shift when he started writing for readers instead of for himself.



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