The Hazel Wood spins a tale reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm: fairy tales don’t always have a happy ending. Seventeen-year-old Alice’s grandmother created a collection of stories that all take place in the Hinterland. When her mother is kidnapped by someone who claims to be from the Hinterland, the tall tales suddenly take on a new life. With the assistance of Ellery Finch, a superfan of her grandmother’s cult classic, Alice must dive into a dark world if she wants any chance at happily ever after.
“If you like your fairy tales dark and spooky, you will love The Hazel Wood. It is brilliantly twisty, with a not-always-likable main character named Alice whose whole life has been one bit of bad luck followed by another. Now her mother is missing, and the disappearance may have something to do with Alice’s estranged grandmother, the author of a collection of creepy short stories with a cult following. Joined by her classmate Ellery Finch, a boy with questionable motives, Alice sets off for her grandmother’s estate, the Hazel Wood, to confront her and to find her mom. But the Hazel Wood has other plans for Alice, and only by facing her destiny can she rewrite her own fate.”
— Jenny Chou, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
A Hot title at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair
Movie rights to Columbia Pictures
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice (TM)s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice (TM)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 (TM)s stories are set.