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The Hazel Wood

Melissa Albert

Albert’s YA debut is a contemporary fantasy that tells a tantalizing and dark tale of secret histories and magic that carries costs and consequences. Alice Proserpine and her mother Ella have spent their lives on the run from bad luck, never staying in one place long enough to put down roots. When her grandmother, Althea, the author of a cult-classic collection of unsettling fairy tales dies, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Ella is kidnapped by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the supernatural world where Althea's stories are set. Alice enlists the help of her classmate Ellery Finch, a super fan of the tales to rescue her mother. The two set off for Hazel Wood, Althea's estate and then into the Hinterland where Alice unravels the painful secrets of her past.