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Robyn Gioia
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Award winning author, Robyn Gioia, grew up in the multicultural area around Ohio State University. One of her favorite places to visit was the university museum where she found the Egyptian mummy fascinating and marveld at Edison's inventions. Over the years, Robyn has served hamburgers at McDonalds, filed things for the magazine Highlights for Children, clerked in a bookstore (she read lots of books), worked in several restaurants (she learned about gourmet cooking) and co-owned a top ten award-winning, gourmet Chinese restaurant. She has even made her first-place almond chocolate chip cookies to order.

 

After ​working in both public and private  schools in the U.S., she ventured overseas to teach in the UAE, Puerto Rico, and Seoul, Korea. During a two year assignment in Japan, she worked as an International School principal and an IB/PYP teacher.

Literary Associations: 
  • School Library Journal Children’s Book Reviewer
  • Children’s Literature Book Reviewer
  • Board member, Florida Writers Association
  • Co-leader (SCBWI) Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Writers' Group, Jacksonville, FL
  • Literary awards: Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Children’s Voice, 1st Place Royal Palm Award
Presenter/Speaker, Writing for Children:
  • Bouchercon Mystery Conference, Denver, CO
  • Bloody Words Mystery Conference, Toronto, Canada
  • Florida Writers Association Conference, Orlando, FL
  • Florida Writers Association, Jacksonville, FL, Ponte Vedra, FL
  • Heritage Book Festival, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Florida Council for the Social Studies, Orlando, FL
  • School and library presentations

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