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Gavriel Savit

Connection to Illinois: Savit moved to Springfield in 2019.

Biography: Gavriel Savit 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
  • -- Best Book of the Year, Shelf Awareness
  • -- Blue Ribbon Book, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • -- Indies Choice Book Award
  • -- Sydney Taylor Book Award
  • -- Starred Review, Horn Book
  • -- Starred Review, Shelf Awareness
  • -- Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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.

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.