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For Young Readers by Lindsey and Paige Oliver

Avi explores ‘truth’ in novel

    In the world of young adult literature, few figures are so impressive as Avi. Though often passed over in favor of classic or more modern novels, his works, which include “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” and “The Man Who Was Poe,” strike a balance which few, if any, writers have obtained. While engaging and thoroughly kid-friendly, stories penned by Avi often plumb the darkness of human nature, injecting mature themes so subtly and skillfully that they rarely seem out of place, even in a book for younger audiences. His are multi-faceted works—enjoyable and fun at most moments, but ...

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