Food & Fiction Writer

Alanna Peterson

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My background is in molecular biology and nutritional science, and I’m the author of a series of food justice-focused young adult thrillers. I love learning new languages, creating elegant spreadsheets, digging in the dirt, and chopping vegetables.

My Books

When We Vanished

When We Vanished, a YA thriller about four young people, a secretive research facility, and one very addictive snack food, is now available in paperback and digital editions!

Cover of When We Vanished. Silhouette of a crow against green foliage and a red-gold background

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of When We Vanished

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  • Glossary
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  • Recipes
  • & more!

On the Blog

There is Magic in This World

When I was younger, I believed in magic. And then, for a long time, I didn't. But in recent years I've found my way back - and here's why.

An Award for When We Vanished!

I am thrilled to announce that my debut novel, When We Vanished, has won a 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award!

A Trip to Sunnyside

While researching my second novel, I visited central Washington state to explore the agricultural communities of the Yakima Valley.

Where Shadows Grow Cover Reveal

The release of Where Shadows Grow on November 17 is fast approaching, and I'm excited to show off the beautiful cover!

7 Ways to Feel Better Today

Taking time for yourself, even when you feel like you're too busy to do so, can work wonders for your mood. Here are some of my fave tips!

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