Alison has published 18 books for young adults and children, with translations into French, Korean, Dutch and Turkish. She also writes short fiction and non-fiction.


She has been a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards and the CBC Nonfiction Prize, won the R. Ross Annett Award (Alberta Literary Awards) and the Writers' Union of Canada Writing for Children Award, and has been nominated nine times for provincial children's choice awards. 


She gives writing workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, conferences and festivals, and does manuscript editing and evaluation. She also works as a casual Writing Advisor/Editor for the University of Alberta's Academic Success Centre.


Her interests include animal welfare, reading actual newspapers, riding her bike and rummaging in thrift shops. 


Photo credit Samuel McInnes