Sunday, March 21, 2010

A. S. Fleischman: R.I.P.

From The Gumshoe Site via Bill Crider and the L.A. Times:

"A. S. Fleischman died on March 17 at his home in Santa Monica, California at the age of 90.  He was well known to children as Sid Fleischman, who won the Newbery Medal in 1987 for THE WHIPPING BOY.  THE 13TH FLOOR (Greenwillow, 1995) and THE MIDNIGHT HORSE (Greenwillow, 1990) were both nominated for an Edgar in the juvenile mystery category. As A. S. Fleischman, he wrote several adult mystery novels such as THE STRAW DONKEY CASE (Phoenix, 1948) and COUNTERSPY EXPRESS (Ace, 1954). LOOKING BEHIND YOU, LADY (1952), DANGER IN PARADISE (1953), MALAY WOMAN (1954) and THE VENETIAN BLONDE (1963, all four from Gold Medal) were recently re-issued from Stark House Press as double-books."

He was also a successful screenwriter whose credits included the screenplay for his novel Blood Alley.
The list of Fleischman's books include two biographies for young readers in recent years, Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini and The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West. Sir Charlie, a biography of Charlie Chaplin, will be published in June.

Read the L.A. Times Obituary HERE.

Read his Biography on his Website, HERE

The 13th Floor was one of my favorite and most memorable books growing up.

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