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Sid Fleischman was no newcomer to adventure and mystery when he first began to write as A.S. Fleischman in the late 1940ís. He began professional life as a vaudeville magician and adventured around the far east in the U.S. Navy during World War II. A novelist, screenwriter and playwright, he is notable as well as a Newbery prize winning author of children's books. Sid lived in Santa Monica, California, and passed away there in 2010.