The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Stay away from the Hazel Wood was the warning Alice’s mother Ella left before she vanished.

Bad luck isn’t new to Alice and Ella though, and they’ve spent years on the move doing their best to stay one step ahead of it. But when word reaches Ella that her mother – the reclusive author of a cult book of fairy tales whom her granddaughter Alice has never met – has died alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Ella assumes their losing streak is behind them.

Then strange characters who claim to come from the Hinterland, the twisted wonderland where her grandmother’s stories are set, begin to pop up in their lives before they snatch Alice’s mother from her own home. With no other option than to seek the help of her classmate and Hinterland super-fan Ellery Finch, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world of her grandmother’s lore to find Ella and bring her back.

If you thought the old Brothers Grimm fairy tales were strange and cruel then brace yourself as you follow Alice into the Hinterland. Melissa Albert has created a vivid storybook world in The Hazel Wood – full of twists and turns and gritty fantasy that bleeds into our reality. A dark but mesmerising journey! Perfect for twisted fairy-tale fans aged 13 and up who enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Stephanie Garber’s Caraval.


Pilgrim Hodgson is a children’s and YA specialist at Readings Kids.

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The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

Melissa Albert

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