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Illinois Center for the Book

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.


'Naomi ' 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

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A smooth move /
ISBN: 0807574864. OCLC Number: 15251681

A. Whitman,. .

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

Hiding Mr. McMulty /
ISBN: 015201330X. OCLC Number: 36120770

Harcourt Brace,. .

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.

Magic comes in its time /
ISBN: 067179454X. OCLC Number: 26097042

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Margaret's moves /
ISBN: 0590416677. OCLC Number: 18452130

Scholastic,. .

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.

Naomi /
ISBN: 0840764448. OCLC Number: 1218398

Thomas Nelson,. .

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

ISBN: 0553112686. OCLC Number: 4612736

Bantam Books,. .

Rass /
ISBN: 0840762844. OCLC Number: 524213

Thomas Nelson,. .

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

Rehearsal for the bigtime /
ISBN: 0531105040. OCLC Number: 16525545

F. Watts,. .

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.

Tall enough to own the world /
ISBN: 0531106810. OCLC Number: 18747420

F. Watts,. .

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.

The balancing girl
ISBN: 9780440842774. OCLC Number: 23601147

Trumpet Club,. .

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.

The balancing girl /
ISBN: 0140548769. OCLC Number: 18402852

Dutton,. .

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.

The first Christmas candy cane :
ISBN: 068100441X. OCLC Number: 30027997

Longmeadow Press,. .

In this fictional legend which explains why people decorate Christmas trees with candy canes, a young girl's homemade canes help a lamb to find his way home on the night of Jesus' birth.

The girl who had no name /
ISBN: 0525306609. OCLC Number: 2646243

Dutton,. .

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: 3912929

E.P. Dutton,. .

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

Where's Chimpy?
ISBN: 9780613061766. OCLC Number: 17354354

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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.

Who's afraid? /
ISBN: 0525427082. OCLC Number: 5674773

Dutton,. .

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.