Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?

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One of Newbery Honor author Avi's most popular middle-grade mysteries is available in paper once again.  The mystery revolves around a rare edition of The Wizard of Oz missing from the local library. When Becky is accused of stealing it, she and her twin brother Toby set out to catch the real thief and prove her innocence. Clues cleverly hidden in four other books lead to a hidden treasure—and a gripping adventure.  

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Overview

One of Newbery Honor author Avi's most popular middle-grade mysteries is available in paper once again.  The mystery revolves around a rare edition of The Wizard of Oz missing from the local library. When Becky is accused of stealing it, she and her twin brother Toby set out to catch the real thief and prove her innocence. Clues cleverly hidden in four other books lead to a hidden treasure—and a gripping adventure.  

Becky and her brother use some ingenious clues to identify the person who stole five children's books from the town's library.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Avi combines simplicity of style with wit as he builds a believable, gripping plot that is highly accessible to young readers" (Booklist)

"This is fun reading!" School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394849928
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Edition description: First Yearling Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 119,998
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Avi
Avi
Known for his unconventional vision and quirky creative style, Avi has penned scores of children's books that young readers devour with a passion. Twice awarded the Newbery Honor medal for his work, this prolific Pied Piper won the 2003 Newbery Medal for Crispin: The Cross of Lead -- an action-packed adventure set in 14th-century England.

Biography

Born in Manhattan in 1937, Avi Wortis grew up in Brooklyn in a family of artists and writers. Despite his bright and inquisitive nature, he did poorly in school. After several academic failures, he was diagnosed with a writing impairment called dysgraphia which caused him to reverse letters and misspell words. The few writing and spelling skills he possessed he had gleaned from his favorite hobby, reading -- a pursuit enthusiastically encouraged in his household.

Following junior high school, Avi was assigned to a wonderful tutor whose taught him basic skills and encouraged in him a real desire to write. "Perhaps it was stubbornness," he recalled in an essay appearing on the Educational Paperback Association's website, "but from that time forward I wanted to write in some way, some form. It was the one thing everybody said I could not do."

Avi finally learned to write, and well! He attended Antioch University, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and received a master's degree in library science from Columbia in 1964. He worked as a librarian for the New York Public Library's theater collection and for Trenton State College, and taught college courses in children's literature, while continuing to write -- mostly plays -- on the side. In the 1970s, with two sons of his own, he began to craft stories for children. "[My] two boys loved to hear stories," he recalled. "We played a game in which they would give me a subject ('a glass of water') and I would have to make up the story right then. Out of that game came my first children's book, Things That Sometimes Happen." A collection of "Very Short Stories for Little Listeners," Avi's winning debut received very positive reviews. "Sounding very much like the stories that children would make up themselves," raved Kirkus Reviews, "these are daffy and nonsensical, starting and ending in odd places and going sort of nowhere in the middle. The result, however, is inevitably a sly grin."

Avi has gone on to write dozens of books for kids of all ages. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1991) and Nothing but the Truth (1992) were named Newbery Honor Books, and in 2003, he won the prestigious Newbery Medal for his 14th-century adventure tale, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. His books range from mysteries and adventure stories to historical novels and coming-of-age tales; and although there is often a strong moral core to his work, he leavens his message with appealing warmth and humor. Perhaps his philosophy is summed up best in this quote from his author profile on Scholastic's website: "I want my readers to feel, to think, sometimes to laugh. But most of all I want them to enjoy a good read."

Good To Know

In a Q&A with his publisher, Avi named Robert Louis Stevenson as one of his greatest inspirations, noting that "he epitomizes a kind of storytelling that I dearly love and still read because it is true, it has validity, and beyond all, it is an adventure."

When he's not writing, Avi enjoys photography as one of his favorite hobbies.

Avi got his unique nickname from his twin sister, Emily..

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    1. Also Known As:
      Avi Wortis (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 23, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?

    My favorite character in this book is the girl because she was honest when the librarian said she stole The Wizard of Oz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?

    You'll never find out this crime!Becky was accused of stealing a rare book.Becky and her brother Toby must find out who stole the book along with a string of other bizzare crimes around town!This book is amazing (truly)!I recomend this book to 3rd -6th graders!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    An awesome cool page turning Mystery

    Who Stole the Wizard of Oz is a good book. AVI wrote this book. It is about a girl named Becky and her twin brother Toby. Becky is accused of stealing rare books! Becky didn't steal the books; who did? This is a good book all the way through. There's action lurking around every corner. I think you will enjoy reading it if you like action and a little suspense. My fourth grade group read it and liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?

    I liked this book becouse the ups and downs, you never know who it is until the end. I can tell you that who did it you will be suprised!The auther is Avi.I recomend this book for 4th-6th grade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    this is a great book

    One great book is Who Stole the Wizard of Oz.It is obout someone who stole a book but a girl named Beaky was blamed.But she din't do it so she and her brother set.Out to find who relley stole it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Have you ever been accused of something you didn't do?

    Becky has been accused of a crime she didn't commit, and she must clear her name! With the help of her twin brother Toby, Becky uncovers the mystery of who stole the rare and expensive books from the library. Can you guess 'who dun it?' I liked this book because it was fun to guess the culprit. I recommend this book to 4th graders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    This book is recommended,but it was ok.

    Who Stole The Wizerd Of Oz is an interesting mystery.The main charcters are Becky and Toby.Suddenly 5 books were stolen.Most of the books were rare copies of Treasure Island,Winnie-the-Pooh,and The Wind in the Willows.Becky was accused of stealing the books and she tried to clear her name.Soshe and Toby tried to figure out who really stole the books.My opinion is that its ok.It wasnt great beacuse it was to easy to read.I like other books that are more mysterous and fun.But I think this book is good for ages 7-10 and I think everyone would like it boys,girls and parents,who like "who dunn it" mysterys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    It was the grrrrrrrrrreatest book I have ever read.

    My opinion is a great book. It really fills your mind with clues. This book is for ages 7 & up,and is for boys and girls. I really like it because it's a mystery. Mrs.Brattle, the librarian , calls the the police and come to investigate. Twins Becky& Toby try to find who stole the books. They ask everybody about an old & dead lady. WHO STOLE the WIZARD of OZ is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Remembered years later...

    I read this book when I was in grade school and still remember it. I REALLY recommend this book!!

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