Newbery winning author Sid Fleishchman died Wed. March 17, one day after turning 90 years old. Sid won the Newbery for The Whipping Boy . Sid's son Paul is also a Newbery winner - for Joyful Noise: Poems for two voices . They are the only father and son to have both won a Newbery Medal.
Some other books of Sid's you might want to try: The Giant Rat of Sumatra: or Pirates galore , about a boy on a pirate ship in 1846 California; Bandit's Moon , also set in mid 1800's California, The Entertainer and the Dybbuk , about a ventriliquist possessed by the ghost of a boy killed in the Holocaust, and Sid's latest book The Dream Stealer , about a creature who gets tired of stealing nightmares and so starts taking happy dreams, but takes one from a girl who wants hers back.