Hazel Wood

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Welcome to the Hazel Woodthe fiercely stunning contemporary fantasy everyone is raving about:

4 starred reviews! “Thoroughly, creepily captivating.” ―Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling and Jane, Unlimited “Will be your next obsession.” ―Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval “Destined to be a classic.” ―Kami Garcia, author of The Lovely Reckless “Breathtaking.―Seanan McGuire, author of Every Heart a Doorway “Mesmerizing.” ―Karen McManus, author of One of Us Is Lying “One of the best books I’ve read in years.” ―Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places

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.--from the publisher

368 pages    78-1250147905    Ages 14 and up

******** "The Hinterland—and the Stories that animate it—appear as simultaneously wondrous and horrific, dreamlike and bloody, lyrical and creepy, exquisitely haunting and casually, brutally cruel. White, petite, and princess-pretty Alice is a difficult heroine to like in her stormy (and frequently profane) narration, larded with pop-culture and children’s-literature references and sprinkled with wry humor; her deceptive fragility conceals a scary toughness, icy hostility, and simmering rage. "--from Kirkus Review posted online Sept. 26, 2017

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