Parents' Guide to

The Hazel Wood, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Captivating tale of teen thrust into the world of folklore.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+
Overall, the story line is chaotic and the ending is lackluster. The story was all over the place without having a drive forward. The swearing was a bit over the top, as if wanting to seem "edgy." Characters were a bit two-dimensional. The ending was just "meh." I guess I was just disappointed that it was not a better story.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 18+

Look elsewhere for a protagonist to like.

Gave this book a try due to reviews bt to be honest. Never have I read a less likable protagonist. No redeemable qualities at all. I ended up hoping the Hinderlands would eat the lot of them and be done with it. Or just kick Alice out and go home. Just a horrible person Alice is.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (10):

Fairy tales and folklore drive the plots of many modern novels, but it takes a special kind of magic to create such a witty, suspenseful, and insightful novel as this one. With The Hazel Wood, debut novelist Melissa Albert weaves a literary spell over her readers, using the elements of fairy tales to tell a gripping tale of the supernatural. Alice is an acerbic and prickly protagonist, but you can't help but root for her as she attempts to unravel the secrets of her birthright. Smart, funny, and emotionally compelling, The Hazel Wood is a magical debut.

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