Berniece Rabe

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General Information

Name: Berniece Rabe

Pen Name: None

Born: 1928 in Parma, Missouri



Illinois Connection

Rabe lived in Kane County. She graduated with her Bachelors from National-Louis University, Masters from Columbia College in Chicago and attended graduate classes at Northern Illinois University and Roosevelt University.

Biographical and Professional Information

An author, lecturer and teacher, Berniece Rabe began her career as a model with the Patricia Stevens Model Agency in Chicago, Illinois. After her first child was born, she went back to school and became a teacher and tutor in special education classes. She was 40 years old when she began her writing career.

Rabe has written 17 books and has also contributed short stories to children's magazines, including Friend, Ensign, Cricket, and Childcraft; articles to World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica; and short stories to adult quarterlies. Author of Whillie the Masseuse (novella), published in MidAmerican Review, 1988.

Published Works

  • Rass, T. Nelson, 1973
  • Two Peas in a Pod, Whitman, 1974
  • Naomi, T. Nelson, 1975
  • Can They See Me?, Whitman, 1976
  • Girl Who Had No Name, Dutton, 1977
  • The Orphans, Dutton, 1978
  • Who`s Afraid, Dutton, 1980
  • The Balancing Girl, Dutton, 1980
  • Love Reigns, Book Lures, 1986
  • Margaret`s Moves, Dutton, 1987
  • A Smooth Move, Whitman, 1987
  • Rehearsal for the Bigtime, Watts, 1988
  • Where`s Chimpy, Whitman, 1988
  • Tall Enough to Own the World , Watts, 1989
  • Magic Comes in Its Time, Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • The First Christmas Candy Cane, Longmeadow, 1994
  • Hiding Mr. McNulty, Harcourt, 1997

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library


ISBN: 0840764448
Release Date: 1975

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Girl Who Had No Name

ISBN: 0525306609
Release Date: 1977

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The Orphans

ISBN: 0525364501
Release Date: 1978-09-28

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Who's Afraid? (Skinny Book)

ISBN: 0525427082
Release Date: 1980-05-29

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The Balancing Girl

ISBN: 0140548769
Release Date: 1993-07-01

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Margaret's Moves

ISBN: 0590416677
Release Date: 1988-09

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A Smooth Move

ISBN: 0807574864
Release Date: 1987-10

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Rehearsal for the Bigtime

ISBN: 0531105040
Release Date: 1988

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Where's Chimpy?

ISBN: 0613061764
Release Date: 1991-10

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Magic Comes in Its Time

ISBN: 067179454X
Release Date: 1993-10

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The First Christmas Candy Canes: A Legend

Release Date: 1994

Literary Awards

Best of the Best Children's Books Published 1965-1978, School Library Journal, for Naomi and Rass

Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, for The Girl Who Had No Name

Best Book of the Year, Society of Midland Authors, for The Orphans

Notable Children's Book, American Library Association, for The Balancing Girl

Readers Choice Award, Ginn Readers, 1989

Marguerite Henry Communications Award, 1994

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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310 Madison Ave.

New York, NY 10017

External Links

Berniece Rabe on WorldCat

Berniece Rabe on Amazon


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