STROUD, Jonathan. British, b. 1970. Genres: Children's fiction. Career: Walker Books Ltd., London, England, editor, 1994-98; Kingfisher Books, London, editor, 1998-2001. Freelance writer, 1993-. Publications: Justin Credible's Word Play World, 1994; The Lost Treasure of Captain Blood: How the Infamous Spammes Escaped the Jaws of Death and Won a Vast and Glorious Fortune, 1996; The Viking Saga of Harri Bristlebeard: A Heroic Puzzle Adventure, 1997; Buried Fire, 1999; The Leap, 2001; The Last Siege, 2003; The Amulet of Samarkand, 2003. Address: c/o Laura Cecil Literary Agency, 17 Alwyne Villas, London N1 2HG, England.