About MeI discovered my love for children's literature while teaching school. This inspired me to try writing my own books and I'm now the author of eleven novels for + read more teens.
When I'm not reading or writing, I can be found hiking on Mt. Seymour, snow-shoeing, practicing yoga or Zumba dancing. Show Less

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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • YA Fiction

Published WorksLost Boy, 2018, Orca Book Publishers

Dancing in the Rain, 2016, Orca Book Publishers

Allegra, 2013, Orca Book Publishers

Sister Wife, 2008, Orca Book Publishers

Gotcha!, 2008, Orca Book Publishers

Sun Signs, 2005, Orca Book Publishers

Kat's Fall, 2004, Orca Book Publishers

Dancing Naked, 2002, Orca Book Publishers

Tangled Web, 200, Orca Book Publishers

Disconnected, 1998, Orca Book Publishers

Beans on Toast, 1998, Orca Book Publishers.

Speaking InformationI focus my school and library presentations on the value of perseverance by describing the pitfalls I encountered on my path to becoming a published author. I + read more discuss where ideas come from and how they change and develop using examples from my books. I touch on numerous literary devices, depending on the age of the audience. I also read from some of my many rejection letters -- the part of the presentation that students seem to enjoy most. Show Less

    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School
  • College / University / Adult

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Testimonials“Everyone raved about her presentations!” Booksplash Festival “During the hour-long presentation, Shelley exuded warmth, humour, and charm as she related her + read more early years struggling to get her first book published. In addition, the students learned about Shelley’s background ideas and inspiration for all her books. At the end of her presentation our English Department Head said, “That was the best English class of the year.” It was a unique, memorable experience.” Lori Zuk, Handsworth Secondary School Show Less “Thanks so much for a wonderfully, warm, frank and inspiring talk. We all loved it.” Cathy + read more Stonehouse Show Less
Awards and Recognition:

* 2008 Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award


+ show more Yalsa’s Best Fiction for Young Adults 2014 List nominee

Sister Wife:

- Governor General's finalist, 2009
- White Pine nominee, 2010
- Resource Links Best Bet 2008
- CLA nominee
-Included on the International Reading Association's Young Adult choices list
- Voice of Youth Advocates Top Shelf Fiction list
-ALA Best Book for Young Adults


- White Pine Nominee, 2009
- Resource Links Best Bet 2008
- Ontario Librarian Association Best Bet, 2008
- Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee

Sun Signs:

- White Pine Nominee, 2006
- Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award Nominee, 2007
- ALA Popular Paperback, 2006
- Snow Willow 2007 nominee
- The Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selection
- Chicago Public Schools Battle of the Books nominee

Kat's Fall:

- White Pine Honour Book, 2005
-ALA Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers, 2005
-The Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award Nominee, 2005
- BC Book Award Nominee, 2005
-Manitoba Young Reades Choice Award Nominee, 2006
- Selected for Inclusion in the New York Public Library's 2005 Books for the Teen Age List

Dancing Naked:

- ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 2003
- ALA Best Book Nominee 2003
-ALA Poular Paperback 2005
-Canadian Library Association Y/A Honour Book 2002
-White Pine Award winner 2002
-The Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice List 2002
- International Reading Association Choice For Young Adults

Tangled Web:

- BC2000 Book Award


-The Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice List 1999
- Nominee - South Carolina Junior Book Award 2001-2002
- 2nd Place, Surrey Book of the year, 2000

Beans on Toast:

-The Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice List, 1998
- Moose Jaw & District Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee

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