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Robin Klein Robin Klein i(A16968 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.

Most Referenced Works


  • 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

y separately published work icon The Listmaker Camberwell : Viking , 1997 Z833902 1997 single work children's fiction children's

'Twelve-year-old Sarah makes lists. It helps her remain in control when her life is on hold. But what sort of life does she want when the choice is between eccentric elderly aunts and her sophisticated glamorous stepmother? A wonderful portrayal of families with all their idiosyncrasies.' (Publication summary)

1998 shortlist CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
1999 Honour Book BILBY (Books I Love Best Yearly) Awards Older Readers
1998 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature South Australian Literary Awards Children's Literature Award
y separately published work icon Seeing Things Ringwood : Viking , 1993 Z500077 1993 single work novel young adult

'Miranda doesn't tell lies, but her imagination sometimes works overtime, especially when she is in trouble, and often with surprising results. A novel about school and family life by this perennially popular Australian author of books for young people.' (Publication summary)

1994 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
1994 Selected White Ravens
y separately published work icon All in the Blue Unclouded Weather Ringwood : Viking , 1991 Z194332 1991 single work novel young adult Set in a summer of the post war years of the 1940s, this is the story of three dynamic sisters growing up in poverty.
1992 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
1992 winner New South Wales State Literary Awards Children's Book Award

Known archival holdings

National Library of Australia (ACT)
University of Canberra University of Canberra Library (ACT)
University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library (QLD)
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