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 Harriette Gillem Robinet

Harriette Gillem Robinet, the granddaughter of a slave, is a civil rights activist and the author of 12 novels for youth. Ms. Robinet incorporates the mystery genre within historical fictional accounts of events in black history. Ms. Robinet was born and raised in Washington, D. C., graduated from the College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle, New York, and finished a graduate degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in microbiology. She spent her childhood summers in Arlington, Virginia where her mother's father had been a slave under General Robert E. Lee until he was thirteen. Her father's people were also slaves in Maryland.

Ms. Robinet 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. Of her dozen children's books, 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 Twin, 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; Wakling to the Bus Rider Blues was nominated in 2001 for the Edgar Award by Mystery Writers of America.

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