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Place of birth: Guelph, Ontario
Place of residence: Edmonton, Alberta

In high school Beth Goobie studied and taught piano, wrote stories, and was the recipient of academic and citizenship awards. She worked for a year as a nanny in Holland, then moved to Winnipeg where she studied English literature at the University of Winnipeg (receiving the gold medal) and religious studies at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. She has worked for many years with physically and sexually abused children and is concerned with issues surrounding the anger and powerlessness of those under legal age. Addressing these issues in her writing, she has published four novels for young adults and poems and short stories for an adult audience in anthologies and magazines such as Fiddlehead, Malahat Review and Quarry.


  • 1995 League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Award for Scars of Light.
  • 1994 R. Ross Annett Juvenile Fiction Award for Mission Impossible.

Selected Bibliography

Books for Children and Young People

Group Homes From Outer Space. Don Mills, Ont.: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1992.
83 p.: ill.; 18 cm. (Series 2000)
ISBN 0029540933

Kicked Out. Scarborough, Ont.: Prentice Hall Canada, c1995.
90 p. : ill.; 18 cm. (Series 2000)
ISBN 0132343789

Mission Impossible. Red Deer, Alta.: Red Deer College Press, c1994.
160 p.; 22 cm. (Northern lights young novels)
ISBN 0889951144

Who Owns Kelly Paddik? Illustrated by Greg Ruhl. Don Mills, Ont.: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, c1993.
92 p.: ill.; 18 cm. (Series 2000)
ISBN 002954176X

Books for Adults

Could I Have My Body Back Now, Please? Edmonton: NeWest Press, c1991.
144 p.; 22 cm.
ISBN 0920897096

Scars of Light. Edmonton: NeWest, c1994.
113 p.; 22 cm.
ISBN 0920897738

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