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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Berniece Rabe  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1928 in Parma, Missouri

Died: December 28, 2013

-- Berniece Rabe on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rabe lived in Kane County. She graduated with her Bachelors from National-Louis University. Received her Master of Arts 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. 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 wrote 17 books and contributed to 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Rass /
ISBN: 0840762844. OCLC Number:

Thomas Nelson,. Nashville ;. ©1973.

Chronicles a young boy's continuing conflict with his father while growing up on a Missouri farm during the Depression.

Naomi /
ISBN: 0840764448. OCLC Number:

Thomas Nelson,. Nashville, Tenn. ;. ©1975.

During the 1930's, a Missouri farm girl is told by a fortuneteller that she will die before she is fourteen.

The girl who had no name /
ISBN: 0525306609. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©1977.

As she travels from sister to sister in search of a home after the death of their mother, a twelve-year-old country girl discovers many things about herself and her family including why she was never given a name at birth.

The orphans /
ISBN: 0525364501. OCLC Number:

E.P. Dutton,. New York :. ©1978.

An orphaned twin brother and sister living in rural Missouri during the Depression finally find a permanent home.

Who's afraid? /
ISBN: 0525427082. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. ©1980.

Leaving home for the first time to live with her sister, 16-year-old Billie Jo tries not to be afraid of the new life ahead of her, but the mysterious events surrounding the heavy metal box a new friend gives her make it hard.

The balancing girl /
ISBN: 0140548769. OCLC Number:

Dutton,. New York :. 1988, ©1981.

A first grader who is very good at balancing objects while in her wheelchair and on her crutches thinks up her greatest balancing act ever to benefit the school carnival.

Margaret's moves /
ISBN: 0590416677. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 1988, ©1987.

Nine-year-old Margaret, confined to a wheelchair by spina bifida, longs for a new, lightweight "sportsmodel" chair so that she can speed around as fast as the athletic brother with whom she has an ongoing rivalry.

A smooth move /
ISBN: 0807574864. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1987.

When his family moves from Oregon to Washington, D.C., Gus decides to record their experiences and his own feelings in a journal.

Rehearsal for the bigtime /
ISBN: 0531105040. OCLC Number:

F. Watts,. New York :. 1988.

Eleven-year-old Margo, who has always been thought of as nothing more than a sweet little angel, gains confidence and the ability to make people admire her when she joins the school band and starts special music lessons with three friends.

Where's Chimpy? /
ISBN: 0613061764. OCLC Number:

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Text and photographs show Misty, a little girl with Down's syndrome, and her father reviewing her day's activities in their search for her stuffed monkey.

Tall enough to own the world /
ISBN: 0531106810. OCLC Number:

F. Watts,. New York :. 1989.

Unable to read, ten-year-old Joey is often in trouble at school for his rebellious behavior until a series of circumstances involving a remedial reading teacher, a neighbor, a cat, and his new stepfather help him conquer his problem.

Magic comes in its time /
ISBN: 067179454X. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 1993.

Jonathan, an adopted child with no siblings, hopes that the arrival of storks to his German neighborhood will signal the arrival of a new baby brother.

Hiding Mr. McMulty /
ISBN: 015201330X. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. San Diego, CA :. ©1997.

In 1937 in southeastern Missouri, eleven-year-old Rass, son of a proud sharecropper, proves his worth when a flood destroys his family's home and forces his best friend, an elderly black man, into hiding from the Ku Klux Klan.



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

  • Best of the Best Children's Books Published 1965-1978, School Library Journal
  • The Girl Who Had No Name

  • Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • The Orphans

  • Best Book of the Year, Society of Midland Authors
  • The Balancing Girl

  • Notable Children's Book, American Library Association