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

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly 1989 single work novel young adult 'Shy, reserved 11-year-old Seymour is dumped by his over controlling mother to spend his summer holidays with a fussy guardian. Seymour finds himself bored, frustrated and confined to his guardian's house. By chance he meets Angela whom he finds glamorous, beautiful and bubbly. He is flattered by her attentions and her willingness to take him with herself on outings. What Seymour does not realize however, under her happy exterior, Angela is hiding a dark secret. The text slowly unfolds Angela's secret through her interactions with Seymour and with letters placed at the end of chapters like small clues for the reader to decipher.' (Source: Book website)
1992 winner COOL Award Secondary Division
1990 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
1989 winner Human Rights Awards
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