CITY/TOWN: North Vancouver

DATE OF BIRTH: July 22, 1956

PLACE OF BIRTH: Vancouver, BC

AWARDS: Dancing Naked: ALA Quick Pick 2000, CLA/ YA Honour Book 2002, White Pine Award (Ontario Readers Choice Award) 2002.

Allegra by Shelley Hrdlitschka was nominated for YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults list. YALSA is a division of the American Library Association.

In 2008, Shelley Hrdlitschka introduced the fictional, polygamous community of Unity with her novel, Sister Wife, nominated for a Governor General's Award. Its Bountiful-like leader called the Prophet had 26 wives and 90 children. Fifteen-year-old Celeste instinctually questions the strict doctrines and befriends a mutually skeptical boy, Jon. Caught kissing, he runs away before he can be banished by the Prophet. In a sequel, Lost Boy (Orca 2018), Jon is unprepared for life outside Unity and struggles with alcohol, drugs and homelessness.

BOOKS:
Lost Boy (Orca 2018) $14.95 978-1-4598-1637-4
Dancing in the Rain (Orca 2016) Ages 12+ $14.95 9781459810655
Allegra (Orca 2013) $12.95 978-1-4598-0197-4
Sister Wife, 2008, Orca Book Publishers $12.95 9781551439273
Gotcha!, 2008, Orca Book Publishers
Sun Signs, 2005, Orca Book Publishers
Kat's Fall, 2004, Orca Book Publishers
Dancing Naked, 2001, Orca Book Publishers
Tangled Web, 2000, Orca Book Publishers
Disconnected, 1998, Orca Book Publishers
Beans on Toast, 1998, Orca Book Publishers

[BCBW 2018] "Kidlit"