Monday, April 1, 2013

#AtoZChallenge Newbery Winners & Honors: Avi

For this year's A to Z Challenge, I am focusing on Newbery Winners and Honors. To kick things off, I am starting with Avi. 

Avi comes from a long line of writers, dating back to the 19th century. He was born in 1937 and has published over 70 books. He has also won many awards, including one Newbery winner and two Newbery Honors.

While I haven't yet read these books, they are now on my TBR pile, as all Newbery books and honors should be. I have included the Amazon or Goodreads book blurb for each of the books. Click on the cover to order or to read reviews from your fellow readers.

Which of these have you read?

~~1991 Newbery Honor Award~~

But when the two families she was supposed to travel with mysteriously cancel their trips, Charlotte finds herself the lone passenger on a long sea voyage with a cruel captain and a mutinous crew. Worse yet, soon after stepping aboard the ship, she becomes enmeshed in a conflict between them! What begins as an eagerly anticipated ocean crossing turns into a harrowing journey, where Charlotte gains a villainous enemy . . . and is put on trial for murder!

~~1992 Newbery Honor Award~~

In this thought-provoking examination of freedom, patriotism, and respect, ninth-grader, Philip Malloy, is kept from joining the track team by his failing grades in English class. Convinced that the teacher just doesn't like him, Philip concocts a plan to get transferred out of her class. Breaking the school's policy of silence during the national anthem, he hums along, and ends up in a crisis at the center of the nation's attention.

~~2003 Newbery Award Winner~~

"Asta's Son" is all he's ever been called. The lack of a name is appropriate, because he and his mother are but poor peasants in 14th century medieval England. But this thirteen-year-old boy who thought he had little to lose soon finds himself with even less - no home, no family, or possessions. Accused of a crime he did not commit, he may be killed on sight, by anyone. If he wishes to remain alive, he must flee his tiny village. All the boy takes with him is a newly revealed name - Crispin - and his mother's cross of lead.


  1. Hey! Great post, just visiting as a fellow A to Z blogger.

  2. Hey, a new book to read! I've read some Avi but not the first one you posted about. How wonderful to see new work! I love that you are being so original. This is my first visit to your blog. Please visit ours at and please sign up to become a member if you like what you see!

  3. Found your blog from the A-Z Challenge. I loved The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Crispin. Avi is definitely one of my favorite authors.

  4. I haven't heard of Avi before, but this story sounds like one I should read!