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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sidney Rosen  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts

Died: 2005

-- Sidney Rosen on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rosen taught at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sidney Rosen was a professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of Illinois (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. 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Death and blintzes :
ISBN: 0897334507. OCLC Number:

Academy Chicago Publishers,. Chicago :. 1998.

"It's the Depression, and young widow Belle Appleman is grateful for her new job tacking belt loops on men's pants in a Boston factory. Then she discovers a co-worker's body in the Charles River and, feeling personally involved, begins trading theories with the detective in charge of the case. In the midst of her sleuthing, she's elected shop steward and becomes involved with union politics, as well as with a dashing union leader on whom she tries out her Bette Davis voice and Garbo look. But when one of the factory owners is also murdered and a friend is accused, Belle must make serious efforts to find the killer, for her heart's sake as well as for her friend's."

How far is a star? /
ISBN: 0876146841. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1992.

Explains the vast distances in space and describes different types of stars in the universe using a question-and-answer format.

Can you find a planet? /
ISBN: 0876146833. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1992.

Discusses in question and answer format the planets in our solar system and explains which planets and stars can be seen from Earth in the night sky.

Where does the moon go? /
ISBN: 087614685X. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1992.

Follows the moon through its twenty-eight-day trip around the Earth and identifies its different phases.

Which way to the Milky Way? /
ISBN: 0876147090. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1992.

Questions and answers introduce the Milky Way and other kinds of galaxies in the universe.

Can you hitch a ride on a comet? /
ISBN: 0876147732. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1993.

Answers a variety of questions about comets including what they are, where they come from, and where they go.

The Baghdad mission /
ISBN: 0876148283. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1994.

In the year 800, fifteen-year-old Alan travels from the Frankish kingdom to Baghdad and back again, seeking to escape the murderous intentions of his evil cousin and secure his birthright.

The magician's apprentice /
ISBN: 0876148097. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1994.

In 1264, Jean of Toulouse, a young French student and friar accused of heresy by the Inquisition, is sent to Oxford to spy on the scholarly monk, Roger Bacon, who is suspected of being a heretic for his advanced scientific ideas.

Can you catch a falling star? /
ISBN: 0876148828. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1995.

This book answers questions about meteors, commonly known as falling stars.

Where's the Big Dipper? /
ISBN: 0876148836. OCLC Number:

Carolrhoda Books,. Minneapolis :. ©1995.

A question and answer format teaches readers about the constellations, how they were named, and how they are used to tell time and direction, and provides instructions for locating various constellations.

Death & strudel :
ISBN: 0897334787. OCLC Number:

Academy Chicago Publishers,. Chicago :. 2000.