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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Hariette Gillen Robinet  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1931 in Washington, D.C.

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Illinois Connection

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

Biographical and Professional Information

Harriette Gillem Robinet Born in Washington D.C. she spent her childhood summers in Arlington, Virginia where her mother's father had been a slave under General Robert E. Lee. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle New York and finished graduate degrees from Catholic University of America, 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.Her later books are historical fiction based around American historical events, such as the Chicago fire, the Battle of 1812 a, the emancipation of the slaves during and after the U.S. Civil War, and Montgomery, Alabama and the bus boycott of 1956.

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Titles At Your Library


  • Carl Sandburg Award,
  • Washington City is Burning

  • Midland Authors Award,
  • The Twins, The Pirates, and the Battle of New Orleans

  • Friends of American Writers,
  • Children of the Fire

  • Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction,
  • Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

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