Melissa Albert is an American author of young adult fiction.
Albert is from Illinois and attended the University of Iowa and Columbia College. She was a managing editor at Barnes and Noble when she decided to write her first novel, a fairy tale noir novel for young adults.
Her debut novel, The Hazel Wood, was on The New York Times bestseller list for 36 weeks. It received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. It was named a best young adult book of the year by Kirkus. Film rights were optioned by Sony, with Ashleigh Powell reported slated to adapt the screenplay.
The sequel, The Night Country, was published in 2020. It received a starred review from School Library Journal.