Friday, December 9, 2011

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Happy Friday dear reader friends.
The Queen here with another wild title for your enjoyment. Come with me into the pages of Wildwood for a fantastic adventure with Prue and Curtis as they search the magical woods just outside of Portland, Oregon for Prue's kidnapped baby brother, Mac.

But reader beware, there are bloody battles to fight, loss of life to endure and even the threat of a child sacrifice.

Other than that, the writing is clean, the story engaging, though long, and the characters realistic. Well, relatively saying. The fighting coyotes and kidnapping murder of crows does stretch the imagination, but that's what makes this story so wonderful.

If you've experienced this adventure, please leave a comment on what you thought about it. Because it is a novel, I have no activity ideas for you today though you can find discussion questions to further your understanding of this story at Wildwood Chronicles. I simply encourage you to find a comfy spot, wrap up in a blanket if it's cold outside and get ready for a wild read. Enjoy.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Wildwood
Author: Colin Meloy                                                                                                               
Illustrator: Carson Ellis

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Balzer + Bray; First Edition first Printing edition (August 30, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 560 pages 
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0062024688

Book Summary
Overview from Barnes and Noble
Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least 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. No one’s ever gone in – or at least returned to tell of it.
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 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 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 could have only come from the imagination of Colin Meloy, celebrated for his inventive and fantastic storytelling as the lead singer of the Decemberists. Wildwood is truly a new classic for the twenty-first century.

Authors Arena

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis live in Portland, Oregon with their son, Hank. As you can see in this video they put together' about collaborating on Wildwood, their inspiration came from the woods around their city. You can find out more about them at  Wildwood Chronicles.

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