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Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Hazel Wood is her first novel.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
New and upcoming books
February 2024

The Bad Ones
Hazel Wood
   1. The Hazel Wood (2018)
   2. The Night Country (2020)
   Tales from the Hinterland (2021)
   Our Crooked Hearts (2022)
   The Bad Ones (2024)
Melissa Albert recommends
A Study in Drowning (2023)
Ava Reid
"As merciless as a rising tide and as beguiling as a fairy’s bargain."
Mister Magic (2023)
Kiersten White
"In this skin-crawling story of pop culture fandom and '90s nostalgia, Kiersten White fully delivers on her gripping premise: the troubled reunion, thirty years later, of the cast of a magical kids' show that exists only in its viewers' memories. Mister Magic walks the twilit line between wonder and terror where all the best childhood games are played."
The Wishing Game (2023)
Meg Shaffer
"A heartwarming, page-turning story of found family, love triumphing over indifference, and the world-changing power of a good book."

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Anthologies containing stories by Melissa Albert
At Midnight (2022)
15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined
edited by
Dahlia Adler

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