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    (December 23, 1937- )
    Birth name is Edward Irving Wortis
    Wrote 'The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle,' 'Who Was That Masked Man Anyway?,' 'Crispin the Cross of Lead,' and 'Nothing But the Truth'
    He goes by a pretentious single name.
    He not only uses his pseudonym for writing, he uses it in real life.
    He will become angry if someone uses his real name.
    He failed most of his classes from elementary to high school because of his inability to read well or write. His parents were forced to put him in a private school with a private tutor.
    He says his favorite book that he wrote is always 'the next one.'
    He did badly in school because of a condition called dysgraphia, which is similar to dyslexia.
    He visits schools and speaks to learning-disabled children.
    He has written 47 books and puts out at least one a year.
    He has a twin sister. She is the one who gave him his nickname.
    Two of his great-grandfathers were writers. His grandmother was a playwright.
    He was a librarian in New York for over 25 years.
    His brother went to college at age 15.
    He is best at writing historical fiction, a notoriously difficult category.
    He won the Newberry Medal for Best Children's Book for 'Crispin the Cross of Lead.'
    He won the Newberry Honor (runner-up) for 'The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle' and 'Nothing But the Truth.'
    He likes photography.
    Two of his sons are musicians in a rock band.

Credit: Lorg Skyegon

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