Author Bio

Shelley Hrdlitschka

On Grouse Mountain, walking Dancer, one of Santa’s reindeer

When Shelley was growing up her mother told her kids that they could either pitch in with the housework or read a book. (Clearly she knew the value of reading.) Shelley, of course, chose to read – and still chooses to read when she should be doing housework! In fact, she would rather read than do almost anything else.

When she became an elementary school teacher Shelley discovered she had an especially big passion for children’s literature. This inspired her to write her own books, and she is now the author of eleven novels for teens (all published by Orca Book Publishers) and two illustrated children’s books.

Shelley’s emotionally charged novels explore complex and often sensitive subjects.  She has received a number of awards and recognitions for them. Sister Wife was short-listed for a Governor General’s Award in 2009. Dancing Naked won the 2002 White Pine Award and three of her other novels were White Pine Honour books. Two of her novels were Canadian Library Association Honour books. Her novels have been on the CCBC Our Choice list and the International Reading Association Young Adult’s Choices list. Kat’s Fall was included on the 2005 New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list. (For a full list of recognitions please visit the ‘Books’ page.)

Signing books at a book launch

Shelley lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. When she’s not writing (or reading!) she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, practising yoga, Zumba dancing, or hanging out with the grizzly bears and reindeer at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.