Author(s): Carson Ellis; Colin Meloy (Illustrator)
Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. That is, until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood. 'This book is like the wind, strange forest it describes. It is full of suspense and danger and frightening things with world has never seen, and once I stepped inside I never wanted to leave.'LemonySnicket'One part fairy tale, one part coming-of-age story, one part unrepentantly gorgeous work of art, this book is overflowing with gifts.' Jonathan Safran Foer'A richly satisfying weave of reality and fantasy.' New York Times Book Review
Prue McKeel’s life is completely ordinary - at least until one completely unordinary day when, during a visit to an adventure playground, her baby brother Mac is abducted by a murder of crows and taken into the Impassible Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Prue’s home town Portland. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood. Frightened of what her parents will think of this catastrophe, Prue puts a bundle of blankets into Mac’s cot to make it look like he is asleep. The next day she and her friend Curtis, who, much to Prue’s annoyance, follows her, go into Wildwood. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceful mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves battling in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. Wildwood is an amazing, rich, powerful, dark, complicated story, which I think deserves more publicity. Wildwood is the first book in the ‘Wildwood’ series and the Wildwood website is at http://www.wildwoodchronicles.com/. 10 out of 10 stars! - Darcy (9)
Colin Meloy once wrote Ray Bradbury a letter, informing him that he 'considered himself an author too.' He was ten. Since then, Colin has gone on to be the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists, where he channels all of his weird ideas into weird songs. The Wildwood Chronicles (Wildwood, Under Wildwood and Wildwood Imperium) represent his first time channelling those ideas into novels.