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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Melissa Albert  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Albert studied Journalism at Columbia College Chicago and covered arts and entertainment for publications like Time Out Chicago, Chicago Journal, and Bookslut.

Biographical and Professional Information

Melissa Albert moved to Brooklyn four years after graduating from college. She 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.


The Hazel Wood New York Times Bestseller Seven starred reviews New York Times Notable YA Book of 2018 Boston Globe Best Book of the Year Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year #1 ABA IndieNext Pick ABA Indies Introduce Selection Junior Library Guild Selection ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List Seventeen Best YA Book of the Year The Guardian Best Children’s Book of the Year Entertainment Weekly Top 10 YA Novel of the Year Bustle Best YA Book of the Year BookPage Best Book of the Year Indigo Best Book of the Year Books-a-Million Best Book of the Year Goodreads Choice Award Finalist Publishers Weekly Flying Start Seattle Public Library “10 Young Adult Books We Love 2018” Romantic Times Seal of Excellence Winner

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Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 125014793X. OCLC Number: 1031551006

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The Hazel Wood :
ISBN: 1250147905. OCLC Number: 972217527

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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.