Wildwood

Wildwood

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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.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062024688
006202468X
9780062024701
0062024701
Characteristics: 541 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Ellis, Carson 1975-
Call Number: J MELOY, C

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MissLauraStorytime Nov 18, 2016

One of my most favorite children's fantasy series. Colin Meloy has created girl and boy characters that could live just down the street from us, a fantasy world that he allows us to gently enter, with animal characters that could be our neighbors too. And he offers it all up with a rich vocabul... Read More »

Would you venture into a place called the Impassable Wilderness to save your baby brother, or friend? Prue does, and discovers a thrilling and dangerously different world. The variety of characters, settings, and unexpected events rivals Harry Potter. Book 1 of the "Wildwood Chronicles."

Would you venture into a place called the Impassable Wilderness, to save your baby brother, or friend? Prue does, and discovers a thrilling and dangerously different world. Book 1 of the Wildwood Chronicles.


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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 10, 2020

Such a magical book with talking animals and ivy queens, loved the illustrations!

LPL_MarilynK Nov 26, 2019

If you're a grown-up and the name Colin Meloy rings a bell, then you're probably a fellow Decemberists fan. I picked this book up because I recognized the band's lead singer as the author, and his wife as the illustrator. Meloy tells us a tale of friends Prue and Curtis, and their adventure into Wildwood to rescue Prue's abducted baby brother. There, they find themselves in the middle of a war, and have to choose between their desire to go home, and the need to keep Wildwood free. While I love Meloy as a songwriter, I will admit that this book was a little difficult to get into. The setting is lush, the characters are fun, and the illustrations are lovely. But it IS a long read, and I'm still not sure if it was the book itself that kept me reading, or the fact that I've spent so many years listening to Colin's voice already.

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navy_dolphin_421
Nov 05, 2019

Such a fun book, full of adventure and excitement! I would recommend to fans of "The Mysterious Benedict Society", "The Chronicles of Narnia", and other fantasy/adventure books.

Beaverton_MacKenzieR Oct 16, 2018

What a great read for kids and teens who love exploring Portland's Forest Park! The next time you head there for a hike, you'll start looking for magical animals who are governing themselves and battling each other. And my favorite part is that if you read the whole trilogy, you'll probably love Carson Ellis's gorgeous illustrations of the St. Johns Bridge, Pittock Mansion, Forest Park's Witch's Castle, and more local landmarks.

MissLauraStorytime Nov 18, 2016

One of my most favorite children's fantasy series. Colin Meloy has created girl and boy characters that could live just down the street from us, a fantasy world that he allows us to gently enter, with animal characters that could be our neighbors too. And he offers it all up with a rich vocabulary. Recommend this series to your avid readers.

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violet_sparrow_
Jul 18, 2016

Love this book! Finally there is a book for tweens that actually has sense and big words that develop a great story. For two glorious days I became instantly wrapped up in this marvel of a novel. I easily related to Prue and Curtis. The book was wonderful in all it's whimsicality. Great author, and the crazy thing is, I just read a book right before made by his SISTER, Maile. What a coincidence! A must-read for advanced readers.

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lynx_girl
Jul 11, 2016

This is an amazing tale of friendship and courage as the characters are pulled into the mysteries and battles in Wildwood, the impassable wilderness. This book may be better for kids 9 plus, it may be difficult for younger kids to get into. A fictional story like this probably won't interest most people over the age of 14. This story is great for both boys and girls.

Any Decemberists fan will love this book! It's a weird story with big words, talking animals, and bearded bandits. And it takes place in Portland. Basically, it's a really long Decemberists song.

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Saelahjoy
Jan 09, 2016

LOVE THIS BOOK!!! At first I wasn't really interested but when I started to read it I literally didn't put it down. This is a must read! If you're looking for a good book read this one!

It's a series so read the next 2 books after this one!😄

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gems
Dec 05, 2015

This took me forever to finish, but trust me, it's definitely worth it in the end. Always kept me guessing, and even when I was almost finished, I had no idea what the end would be like. It has just the right balance of love, mystery, darkness, unworldliness, and even a little bit of fun, and it stuck with me for a while after I finished.

I wish I could go to Wildwood!

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CORI D. MORRIS
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gems thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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dc12
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dc12 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

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Aug 16, 2013

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minE_0
Jun 09, 2019

Other: the book is fine, don't listen to them

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gems
Dec 05, 2015

Violence: There is some blood and fighting in this book, and some animals and people are killed.

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gems
Dec 05, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: **********SPOILER*********************************** A baby does almost get killed.

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dc12
Nov 14, 2015

Other: cool

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catrionablue
Aug 16, 2013

Other: If you are looking for a reality book and a quick read, DO NOT READ THIS

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ariahtespinto
Jul 28, 2018

"It is better to live presently. By living thus, perhaps we can learn to understand the nature of this fragile coexistence with the world around us."

- Iphigenia ( Elder Mystic ) pg. 476

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