The Hazel Wood (Hardcover)

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Here's a book you can judge by its cover! Albert has written a dark, dizzying tale spanning from present-day New York to a mysterious storybook land. Her prose is dreamy and metaphorical in the classic fairy-tale style, but the plot offers refreshing twists on the common tropes. My favorite bits were the stories read from the grandmother's book, reminiscent of creepy Brothers Grimm narratives. While there are allusions to Alice in Wonderland, this is not a retelling. It's more like Alice in Wonderland's goth cousin. -Liz

— From Spring Booknotes 2018


Welcome to Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood--the fiercely stunning New York Times bestseller with seven starred reviews everyone is raving about

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away--by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: "Stay away from the Hazel Wood."

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother's cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began--and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

About the Author

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for McSweeney's, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn. The Hazel Wood is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250147905
ISBN-10: 1250147905
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English