Sidney Rosen

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General Information

Name: Sidney Rosen

Pen Name: None

Born: 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died: 2005

Illinois Connection

Sidney Rosen taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rosen was a University of Illinois professor emeritus of astronomy (1958-94). He grew up in Boston’s West End and married Dorothy Rosen. Together, they wrote the mystery series starring Belle Appleman, a Jewish immigrant who lives in Boston's West End during the 1930s.

Sidney Rosen wrote the popular children’s book Galileo and the Magic Numbers, published in 1958 and it still remains in print and in libraries all over the country. He also wrote a series of children’s science books.

Published Works

  • Galileo and the Magic Numbers, Little Brown Co, 1958
  • Doctor Paracelsus, Little Brown Co, 1959
  • Death and Blintzes, Walker & Company, 1985 - written with Dorothy Rosen
  • How Far is a Star, Carolrhoda Books, 1992
  • Can You Find a Planet, Carolrhoda Books, 1992
  • Where Does the Moon Go, Carolrhoda Books, 1992
  • Which Way to the Milky Way, Carolrhoda Books, 1992
  • Can You Hitch a Ride on a Comet, Carolrhoda Books, 1993
  • The Baghdad Mission, Carolrhoda Books, 1994
  • The Magician`s Apprentice, Carolrhoda Books, 1994 - written with Dorothy Rosen
  • Can You Catch a Falling Star, Carolrhoda Books, 1995
  • Where`s the Big Dipper, Carolrhoda Books, 1995
  • Death and Strudel, Academy Chicago Publishers, 2000 - written with Dorothy Rosen

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Dr. Paracelsus

ISBN: 1258114291
Release Date: 2011-10-15

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Death & Blintzes: A Belle Appleman Mystery (Rosen Mysteries)

ISBN: 0897334507
Release Date: 2005-08-30

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How Far is a Star? (Question of Science Book)

ISBN: 0876146841
Release Date: 1991-10

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Can You Find a Planet? (Question of Science Book)

ISBN: 0876146833
Release Date: 1991-02

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Where Does the Moon Go? (Question of Science Book)

ISBN: 087614685X
Release Date: 1992-02

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Which Way to the Milky Way? (Question of Science Book)

ISBN: 0876147090
Release Date: 1992-10

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Can You Hitch a Ride on a Comet? (Question of Science Book Series)

ISBN: 0876147732
Release Date: 1992-12-01

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The Baghdad Mission (Adventures in Time)

ISBN: 0876148283
Release Date: 1994-08

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Can You Catch a Falling Star (Question of Science Book)

ISBN: 0876148828
Release Date: 1995-11

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Death and Strudel

ISBN: 0897334787
Release Date: 2000-09-01

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Literary Awards


External Links

Sidney Rosen on WorldCat

Sidney Rosen on Amazon


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