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The Hazel Wood

Each month our staff picks additional recommendations based on our Dandy Roll Book Club pick. We're recommending The Hazel Wood for those of our members who would like to read a twist on classic fairytales based on our February pick, Pride by Ibi Zoboi.

Alice and her mother have spent 16 years running from bad luck and the legacy of Alice’s grandmother’s fairy tales. But the bad luck starts to catch up with them, and it seems to be coming right out of the pages of the story.

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.

  • Paperback, 368 pages
  • Flatiron Books, 2018