Gayle Friesen - Author


Born and raised in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Gayle Friesen studied English Literature at the University of British Columbia. She’d been married for five years when she gave birth to her son, Bradey, shortly before graduating. Two years later, her daughter, Alex, was born. All the while, Friesen considered what to do with her degree. “I think I always wanted to be a writer, but at some point I decided that it was too lofty a goal, so I put the idea in the back of my mind”. An assignment in a post-graduate creative writing course gave her the confidence to pursue her desire to write young adult fiction. Friesen is now a successful full-time writer. Her first novel, Janey’s Girl, was critically acclaimed, winning the Red Maple Reading Award and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, as well as being nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her next three novels, Men of Stone, Losing Forever and The Isabel Factor were equally lauded. Friesen’s latest book is For Now, a sequel to Losing Forever.


  • Janey’s Girl

    2001 - Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, Pacific Northwest Library Association, Short-listed

    2001 - Red Cedar Book Award, The New York Public Library, Winner

    2000 - Young Readers Choice Award, Canadian Library Association, Winner

    1999 - Books for the Teen Age List, Canada Council for the Arts, Winner

    1998 - CLA Young Adult Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    1998 - Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Text, National Chapter of Canada IODE, Short-listed

    1998 - Junior Library Guild Selection, , Winner

    1998 - Mr. Christie's Book Award, , Short-listed

    1998 - Red Maple Award, , Winner

    1998 - Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, , Short-listed

    1998 - Violet Downey Book Award, , Winner

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