Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I

Book rating: 05 Hardback Wildwood Chronicles (Hardcover)

By (author) Colin Meloy, Illustrated by Carson Ellis, Illustrated by Colin Meloy

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  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Format: Hardback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 202mm x 48mm | 760g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 006202468X
  • ISBN 13: 9780062024688
  • Sales rank: 13,752

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For fans of The Chronicles of Narnia comes the first book in the Wildwood Chronicles, the New York Times bestselling fantasy adventure series by Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society. In Wildwood, Prue and her friend Curtis 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 greater as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.Wildwood captivates readers with the wonder and thrill of a secret world within the landscape of a modern city. It feels at once firmly steeped in the classics of children's literature and completely fresh at the same time. The story is told from multiple points of view, and the book features more than eighty illustrations, including six full-color plates, making this an absolutely gorgeous object.Supports the Common Core State Standards

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By Julie Sincock 27 Jul 2011 5

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

And the first 4 chapters are available to download and read from the Wildwood facebook page!

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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)

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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.