Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman is the master of the multi-voiced, multilayered book for young readers. He grew up in Santa Monica, California, hearing his father, Sid Fleischman, read his books as they were written. At 19, after two years of college in Berkeley, Fleischman took a cross-country bicycle and train tip, ending up living in a 200-year-old house in New Hampshire. Living in a modified 18th century lifestyle — wood heating, no electricity or phone –kindled an interest in the past which has influenced much of his fiction. Both Sid and Paul have won the Newbery Medal, Sid in 1987 and Paul for “Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices” in 1989. Paul is also the author of “A Fate Totally Worse Than Death”, a parody of teenage horror novels; “Dateline: Troy”, a modernised retelling of Homer’s epic poem; and the award-winning picture books “Sidewalk Circus”, “The Animal Hedge” and “Weslandia”.