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Gavriel Savit

Connection to Illinois: Savit moved to Springfield in 2019.

Biography: Gavriel Savit is a New York Times Bestselling author. His writing has been shortlisted for the National Book Award and has been translated into nineteen languages. He holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he grew up. As an actor and singer, Gavriel has performed on three continents, from New York to Brussels to Tokyo.

  • Anna and the Swallow Man New York Times Bestseller; Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly and Shelf Awareness; Blue Ribbon Book, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books; Indies Choice Book Award; Sydney Taylor Book Award; Starred Reviews, Horn Book, Shelf Awareness, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • The Way Back NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST; Sydney Taylor Notable Book; Starred Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Bulletin, Booklist

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; History

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Anna and the Swallow Man
ISBN: 0553522086 OCLC: 891100702

Ember 2017

When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.

Come See the Fair
ISBN: 0593378660 OCLC:

Knopf Books for Young Readers 2023

An unforgettable story of magic, mediums, and séances set during the Chicago World’s Fair from the author of the National Book Award finalist The Way Back.Twelve-year-old orphan Eva Root travels the country pretending to channel spirits at séances. Her audiences swear their loved ones have spoken to them from beyond the grave. This, of course, is impossible.But one day, Eva experiences another impossibility: she hears a voice in her head telling her to come to the World’s Fair in Chicago. There, she meets a mysterious magician who needs her help to bring magic to life. But as their work progresses, Eva begins to suspect that the project's goals may not be as noble as they seem. And when tragedy strikes, Eva will have to reach beyond death itself to unravel the mystery of the magician's plan—before it’s too late. From the author of the National Book Award finalist The Way Back comes a story of what to do when you get burned by the magic you’ve been looking for all your life.

The way back /
ISBN: 1984894625 OCLC: 1128885935

A historical fantasy that follows Eastern European teens Yehuda and Bluma on a journey through the Far Country, the Jewish land of the dead.