Beth Goobie studied English literature at the University of Winnipeg 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 is best known for her quirky and dark young adult novels, of which she has published several since 1994, but she has also published poems and short stories for an adult audience in anthologies and magazines such as Fiddlehead, Malahat Review and Quarry. She now lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Her novel Before Wings won the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book Award in 2001, and was chosen by young readers for the Best Books list of the American Library Association. Most recently, her YA novel Jason's Why was a finalist for the Silver Birch Express Award in the OLA's Forest of Reading Awards.