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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Harriette Gillem Robinet  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: July 14, 1931 in Washington, D.C.


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Illinois Connection

Robinet moved to Chicago in 1960 and currently resides in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Harriett Gillem Robinet was born and raised in Washington, D. C. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle, New York, and finished graduate degrees from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in microbiology. She began writing after moving to Chicago and after the birth of a son with cerebral palsy. The main character of ''Jay and the Marigold'' suffers from cerebral palsy. Her first two books were influenced by meeting other handicapped children and adults, who "have shared some of their anger, dreams, and victories." Her later books are historical fiction based around American historical events, such as the Chicago fire, the Battle of 1812, the emancipation of the slaves during and after the U.S. Civil War, and the Montgomery, Alabama and the bus boycott of 1956. Her books "portray likeable children and adults, with their needs and struggles, against a pivotal time in American history."


Awards

''Children of the Fire'' won the Award from Friends of American Writers in 1991 ''Washington City is Burning'' won the Carl Sandburg Award in 1997 ''The Twins, The Pirates, and the Battle of New Orleans'' won the Midland Authors Award in 1998 ''Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule'' won the Scott O’Dell Award for historical fiction for children in 1999 ''Walking to the Bus Rider Blues'' was a Jane Addams Award Honor book in 2001; a Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award finalist in 2003; a Willian Allen White Book Award finalist for 2003 in Kansas and a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List finalist in 2003-2004. Harriette was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Children of the fire
ISBN: 9781439137079. OCLC Number: 985110682

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A young black girl named Hallelujah lives through the great Chicago fire with courage and resourcefulness.

Forty acres and maybe a mule
ISBN: 9781439136232. OCLC Number: 874961014

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Born with a withered leg and hand, Pascal, who is about twelve years old, joins other former slaves in a search for a farm and the freedom which it promises.

Forty acres and maybe a mule /
ISBN: 061322986X. OCLC Number: 433141695

Aladdin,. .

Born with a withered leg and hand, Pascal, who is about twelve years old, joins other former slaves in a search for a farm and the freedom which it promises.

If you please, President Lincoln /
ISBN: 068931969X. OCLC Number: 32013669

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Shortly after the Christmas of 1863, fourteen-year-old Moses thinks he is beginning a new free life when he becomes part of a group of other former slaves headed for a small island off the coast of Haiti.

If you please, president lincoln!.
ISBN: 1481405977. OCLC Number: 866837314

Atheneum Children'S Books,. .

Mississippi chariot
ISBN: 0689806329. OCLC Number: 36368991

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

In Mississippi in 1936, twelve-year-old Shortning Bread Jackson tries to help his falsely convicted father while dealing with the troubled racial climate in his town.

Ride the red cycle /
ISBN: 0395291836. OCLC Number: 5726694

Houghton-Mifflin,. .

Jerome, crippled since the age of two, struggles to realize his dream of riding a cycle.

The twins, the pirates, and the Battle of New Orleans
ISBN: 0689845316. OCLC Number: 48664145

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

Twelve-year-old Afro-American twins attempt to escape in the face of pirates, an American army, and the British forces during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

Walking to the bus-rider blues /
ISBN: 143526326X. OCLC Number: 48806693

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

Twelve-year-old Alfa Merryfield, his older sister, and their grandmother struggle for rent money, food, and their dignity as they participate in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in the summer of 1956.

Washington City is burning
ISBN: 043976100X. OCLC Number: 61286382

Scholastic, Inc.,. .

In 1814 Virginia, a slave in President Madison's White House, experiences the burning of Washington by the invading British army.

Washington City is burning /
ISBN: 0689807732. OCLC Number: 33014037

Atheneum Books For Young Readers,. .

In 1814 Virginia, a slave in President Madison's White House, experiences the burning of Washington by the invading British army.