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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Berniece Rabe  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Non-Fiction

Born: 1928 in Parma, Missouri


Illinois Connection

Rabe lived in Kane County. She graduated with her Bachelors from National-Louis University. Received her Master of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago and attended graduate classes at Northern Illinois University and Roosevelt University.

Biographical and Professional Information

An author, lecturer and teacher, Berniece Rabe began her career as a model with the Patricia Stevens Model Agency in Chicago. After her first child was born, she went back to school and became a teacher and tutor in special education classes. She was 40 years old when she began her writing career.Rabe wrote 17 books and contributed to short stories to children's magazines, including ''Friend'', ''Ensign'', ''Cricket'', and ''Childcraft''; articles to World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica; and short stories to adult quarterlies. Author of ''Whillie the Masseuse'' (novella), published in MidAmerican Review, 1988.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Naomi''''' *Best of the Best Children's Books Published 1965-1978, School Library Journal '''''Rass''''' **Best of the Best Children's Books Published 1965-1978, School Library Journal '''''The Girl Who Had No Name''''' *Golden Kite Award, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators '''''The Orphans''''' *Best Book of the Year, Society of Midland Authors '''''The Balancing Girl''''' *Notable Children's Book, American Library Association