Avi Wortis was born in New York City. His parents' involvement in the
civil rights movement and other social justice issues provided an environment of abundant intellectual
stimulation and ethical debate. Avi's early attempts at writing were met with criticism or indifference.
He also suffered from a writing impairment that caused him to reverse letters and misspell words. Avi overcame
these obstacles and after a series of odd jobs and 25 years as a librarian began a career as one of the most
acclaimed writers of young adult fiction of his generation.