Author of children's historical fiction

Harriette in backyard

Harriette Gillem Robinet in her backyard in Oak Park, Illinois

Harriette Gillem Robinet Born in Washington D.C. she spent her childhood summers in Arlington, Virginia where her mother's father had been a slave under General Robert E. Lee.

She attended the College of New Rochelle in New York and received graduate degrees in microbiology from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The author of several award-winning books for children, Ms. Robinet makes her home in Oak Park, Illinois.

She has the following children's books published

      She is a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; Society of Midland Authors; Sisters in Crime; Mystery Writers of America; and National Writers Union.

Awards and Honors

      RIDE THE RED CYCLE is in 4th and 5th grade readers; Four books were named Notable Books in social studies; CHILDREN OF THE FIRE won the 1991 Award from Friends of American Writers; WASHINGTON CITY IS BURNING won the 1997 Carl Sandburg Award; THE TWINS THE PIRATES AND THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS won the Midland Authors Award in 1998; FORTY ACRES AND MAYBE A MULE won the 1999 Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction for children; WALKING TO THE BUS RIDER BLUES was nominated in 2001 for the Edgar Award by Mystery Writers of America; and was a Jane Addams Award Honor book in 2001; a finalist for the 2003 William Allen White Award in Kansas; a finalist for 2003-2004 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List; and a finalist for the 2003 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award in Illinois.

      Today Harriette Gillem Robinet lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband, McLouis Robinet. They have six adult children and four grandchildren.

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