Individual Author Record
Name: Harriette Gillem RobinetPen Name: None Genre: C:CHILD C:CHILD C:YA Born: July 14, 1931 in Washington, D.C. Sites:
Illinois ConnectionRobinet moved to Chicago in 1960 and currently resides in Oak Park.
Biographical and Professional InformationHarriett Gillem Robinet was born and raised in Washington, D. C. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle, New York, and finished graduate degrees from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in microbiology. She began writing after moving to Chicago and after the birth of a son with cerebral palsy. The main character of ''Jay and the Marigold'' suffers from cerebral palsy. Her first two books were influenced by meeting other handicapped children and adults, who "have shared some of their anger, dreams, and victories." Her later books are historical fiction based around American historical events, such as the Chicago fire, the Battle of 1812, the emancipation of the slaves during and after the U.S. Civil War, and the Montgomery, Alabama and the bus boycott of 1956. Her books "portray likeable children and adults, with their needs and struggles, against a pivotal time in American history."
*''Jay and the Marigold'', Childrens Press, 1976*''Ride the Red Cycle'', Houghton Mifflin, 1980*''Children of the Fire'', Simon & Schuster, 1994*''Mississippi Chariot'', Simon & Schuster, 1994*''If You Please, President Lincoln'', Simon & Schuster, 1995*''Washington City is Burning'', Simon & Schuster, 1996*''The Twins, the Pirates and the Battle of New Orleans'', Simon & Schuster, 1997*''Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule'', Simon & Schuster, 1998*''Walking to Bus Rider Blues'', Simon & Schuster, 1999*''Missing from Haymarket Square'', Simon & Schuster, 2001*''Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses'', Simon & Schuster, 2002