The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

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Welcome to Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood-the fiercely stunning New York Times bestseller 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.

Don't miss the New York Times bestselling sequel to The Hazel Wood, The Night Country, out now!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 359 pages
  • 140 x 206 x 25mm | 318g
  • English
  • International ed.
  • Includes over 30 black-and-white drawings throughout by Jim Tierney and printed, illustrated color endpapers by Jim Tierney
  • 1250192196
  • 9781250192196
  • 404,645

Review Text

New York Times bestseller
Seven starred reviews
Indies' Choice Book Award Finalist
New York Times Notable YA Book of 2018
Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of the Year
#1 ABA Indie Next Pick
ABA Indies Introduce Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults List
Seventeen Best YA Book of the Year
The Guardian Best Children's Book of the Year
Observer Best Children's Book of the Year
Entertainment Weekly Top 10 YA Novel of the Year
Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
BookPage Best Book of the Year
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Indigo Best Book of the Year
Books-a-Million Best Book of the Year
Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
Publishers Weekly Flying Start
Seattle Public Library "10 Young Adult Books We Love 2018"
Romantic Times Seal of Excellence Winner
Longlisted for the Hugo/Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

"The Hazel Wood starts out strange and gets stranger, in the best way possible. Albert seamlessly combines contemporary realism with fantasy, blurring the edges in a way that highlights that place where stories and real life convene, where magic contains truth, and the world as it appears is false, where just about anything can happen, particularly in the pages of a good book. It's a captivating debut." -The New York Times Book Review

"An original and imaginative fairy tale: thrilling, fascinating, and poignant in equal measure. Grade: A-." -Entertainment Weekly, Best New Books

"Insidiously beautiful, this is the opposite of escapist fantasy; it is a story about the imagination's power to loose atrocity into the (mostly) law-abiding confines of the real." -The Guardian

"A darkly brilliant story of literary obsession, fairy-tale malignancy, and the measures a mother will take to spare her child." -The Wall Street Journal, Best Children's Book of the Year

"An eerie, assured first novel. Albert occasionally entwines the haunting tales of the grandmother's book through this mesmerizing narrative, creating a fantasy as lush and twisty as ivy." -The Washington Post

"One of those rare young adult fantasy novels that holds a self-contained world in only a few hundred pages. If the novel's heroine is a teenage girl, then her story will appeal to readers of all ages, with its intrigue and strange fairy tale magic and very grown up writing." -Esquire

"A can't-miss, dark, and creepy new take on fairy tales that will have you glued to the page until the very end." -BuzzFeed

"This extremely creepy, wondrously original and beautifully written book conjures up a dark, bloody netherworld of fairytales and enchants and enthralls from the first sentence to the final page." -The Buffalo News

"A contemporary fantasy that dwells in an atmospheric, intertwining world of terrifying circumstances; a breathtaking dive into the magic and importance of story in one's identity. 'Story is the fabric of the Hinterland,' one of the residents tells Alice. Another says, stories 'create the energy that makes this world go. They keep our stars in place.' If this is so, Albert's exquisite wordsmithing and story weaving have kept the stars aloft for a new generation of readers." -Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Alice's sharp-edged narration and Althea's terrifying fairy tales, interspersed throughout, build a tantalizing tale of secret histories and magic that carries costs and consequences. There is no happily-ever-after resolution except this: Alice's hard-won right to be in charge of her own story." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Highly literary, occasionally surreal, and grounded by Alice's clipped, matter-of-fact voice, The Hazel Wood is a dark story that readers will have trouble leaving behind. The buzz for this debut is deafening, and the fact that the film adaption is already in the works doesn't hurt." -ALA Booklist, starred review

"Simultaneously wondrous and horrific, dreamlike and bloody, lyric
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About Melissa Albert

Albert, Melissa
Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney's, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Hazel Wood is her first novel.
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66,813 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 20% (13,595)
4 36% (23,844)
3 30% (19,797)
2 11% (7,243)
1 3% (2,334)
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