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Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her baby brother is abducted by a murder of crows. And then things get really weird.
You see, on every map of Portland, Oregon, there is a big splotch of green on the edge of the city labeled “I.W.” This stands for “Impassable Wilderness.” No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.
And this is where the crows take her brother.
So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much bigger as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness.
A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.
Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger, and magic that juxtaposes the thrill of a secret world and modern city life. Original and fresh yet steeped in classic fantasy, this is a novel that could have only come from the imagination of Colin Meloy, celebrated for his inventive and fantastic storytelling as the lead singer of the Decemberists. With dozens of intricate and beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis, Wildwood is truly a new classic for the twenty-first century.
Oh that I was where I would be,
Then I would be where I am not,
Here I am where I must be
Go where I would, I cannot."Over the Hills and Far Away" by Led Zeppelin
A Look Inside Wildwood
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Meloy has an immediately recognizable verbal style and creates a fully realized fantasy world…. Ellis’s illustrations perfectly capture the original world and contribute to the feel of an instant timeless classic. Further adventures in Wildwood cannot come quickly enough. (School Library Journal (starred review))
WILDWOOD is an irresistible, atmospheric adventure - richly imagined and richly rewarding. (Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society)
This book is like the wild, strange forest it describes. It is full of suspense and danger and frightening things the world has never seen, and once I stepped inside I never wanted to leave. (Lemony Snicket)
A satisfying blend of fantasy, adventure story, eco-fable and political satire with broad appeal; especially recommended for preteen boys. (Kirkus Reviews)
WILDWOOD is a beautiful object and a beautiful read. One half fairy tale, one half coming of age story, one half unrepentantly gorgeous work of art, this book is overflowing with gifts. (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Dark and whimsical, with a true and uncanny sense of otherworldliness, WILDWOOD is the heir to a great tradition of stories of wild childhood adventure. It snatched me up and carried me off into a world I didn’t want to leave. (Michael Chabon)
Anyone else really distracted by the animals without opposable thumbs wearing human clothing, smoking, drinking out of glasses, shooting guns, climbing ladders? Read morePublished 5 hours ago by jo
Wildwood feels like a folk fairy tale and it's fantastic. The story focuses on Prue and Curtis, two children from Portland who are thrown into a fantastical world of talking... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tamar Mortensen
I dont know why so many people think this book is dissapointing, everything about it in my opinion was life changing, the way he puts you into their situation brings alot of magic... Read morePublished 11 days ago by joe johnson
I can't wait to read the exit book! A definite page turner! I highly recommend this book to all lovers of urban fantasy!Published 29 days ago by Nancy S Campbell
This is a very shallow book. Most of it feels referential to other fantasies, like a thin broth of children's literature. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nissa
I'd had this on my wish list for years and finally nabbed it. It's well written and the writer really knows his territory to create a visual world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne T
I bought this book and my daughter and I both loved it, so I bought the other two as well. This is a brief overview of the whole series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Caras
I cannot attest to the actual storyline of this book as I've yet to read it. However, I've ordered this book twice from Amazon and have sent it back both times. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Upstate NY