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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.
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).
yThe ListmakerCamberwell:Viking,1997Z8339021997single 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)
ySeeing ThingsRingwood:Viking,1993Z5000771993single 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)
yAll in the Blue Unclouded WeatherRingwood:Viking,1991Z1943321991single 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.