Robin Klein i(69 works by)
Born: Established: 1936 Kempsey, Kempsey area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Robin Klein was educated at Newcastle Girls' High School. After working as a teacher, nurse, library assistant and craft worker, she became a full-time writer in 1981. Her first book, The Giraffe in Pepperell Street, was published in 1978. She has since written many books for children and young adults, most notably Thing (1982) and Came Back To Show You I Could Fly (1989), both of which won Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards. Klein's books explore themes such as friendship between children and adults, alienation, and disability with styles that range from humour to fantasy.

Klein is the mother of crime writer Peter Klein (q.v.).


  • For information about this author's works for children, particularly foreign editions not yet included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2003).

Awards for Works

Games 1986 single work novel young adult Three teenage girls spending a weekend in an isolated country house probe the secrets of its past and trigger a series of bizarre events, which may be caused by a mischievous boyfriend or supernatural forces.
2004 YABBA Hall of Fame
Junk Castle 1983 single work children's fiction children's Mr. Drake thinks it's an ugly pile of old rubbish which should go. Mandy, Irene, Con and Splinter know it's a stupendous castle which should stay. Who will win the battle of the junk castle?
2004 YABBA Hall of Fame
The Enemies 1985 single work children's fiction children's Mary-Anna Clutterworth and Sandra Sutton are bitter enemies, until they have to spend an afternoon in town together and get lost.
2004 YABBA Hall of Fame
1986 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
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