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Robin Klein

Robin Klein

Australian writer
Robin Klein
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Intro Australian writer
Known for Came Back to Show You I Could Fly
Is Writer Children's writer
From Australia
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 28 February 1936
Age 84 years
Star sign Pisces
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Robin McMaugh Klein is an Australian author of books for children. She was born on 28 February 1936, in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia and now resides near Melbourne.

Early life

Robin Klein was one of nine children. She had her first short story published at the age of sixteen. She worked in number of jobs before becoming an established writer, including tea lady at a warehouse, bookshop assistant, nurse, copper enamelist, and program aide at a school for disadvantaged children. In 1981 she was awarded a Literature Board grant for writing, and since then she has had more than twenty books published. Robin Klein was educated at Newcastle Girls' High School.


Several of her books have been short-listed for the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award, including Hating Alison Ashley (also a film starring Delta Goodrem) and Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (filmed as a television series for the Seven Network in 1992). Klein's novel Came Back to Show You I Could Fly won a Human Rights Award for Literature in 1989 and also won the 1990 CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers. It was filmed as Say a Little Prayer in 1993.

Several of her other books have received awards in Australia, including the South Australian Festival Award for Literature, which she won in 1998 with The Listmaker. Many others including Boss of the Pool have also won or been short listed.

Robin Klein suffered an aneurysm rupture, and, while she survived, since 2005 she has lived in a nursing home and is no longer able to write or do significant publicity work for her books.


  • Special mention – Critici in Erba Prize at Bologna for The Giraffe in Pepperell Street (1978)
  • Won – CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers for Thing (1983)
  • Won – Human Rights Literature and Awards (1989)
  • Won – CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers for Came Back to Show You I Could Fly (1990)
  • Won – Canberra's Own Outstanding List: Fiction for Older Readers Award for People Might Hear You (1991)
  • Dromkeen Medal (1991)
  • Won – Canberra's Own Outstanding List: Fiction for Older Readers Award for Came Back to Show You I Could Fly (1992)
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