Under Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles Series #2)

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Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.

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Overview

Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.

But all is not well in that world. A hard winter has come and discord reigns in the wake of the so-called Bicycle Coup. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work in his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. Under a growing threat, Prue is drawn back into Wildwood, where she and Curtis will face their greatest challenge yet: to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.

In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This sequel to the bestselling Wildwood brings more derring-do to the forest world richly imagined by author Colin Meloy and detailed in quirky art by his wife, Carson Ellis, who also illustrated The Mysterious Benedict Society series. Bookish Prue and bandit-in-training Curtis team up once again to fight a nefarious governess and evil science teacher in this fast-paced fantasy set in Oregon, where the the author and illustrator reside. In this strange land, it can be difficult to tell friend from foe, making for deliciously suspenseful adventures with a rat named Septimus and a circus bear with hooks instead of paws. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Kirkus Reviews
Droll and ornate, elegiac and romantic--the sequel to Wildwood (2011) brings readers deeper into and under the pine-scented, magical world tantalizingly close to Portland, Ore. Prue is drawn back to Wildwood by herons who rescue her from a trio of terrifying shape-shifters, and there she is reunited with Curtis, who stayed to enjoy the exhilarating life of a bandit-in-training. Attacked at their secret hideout, the bandits vanish. Adrift, Curtis and Septimus the rat join Prue on a quest that takes them under Wildwood, a setting straight out of M.C. Escher with a hint of Hieronymous Bosch. In the Industrial Wastes above, Curtis' grieving parents search for him after parking his sisters at an orphanage. In this Dickensian institution, children labor to make machine parts, the owner dreams of extending his industrial nightmare into the Impassable Wilderness he sees but can't reach, and his partner, Desdemona, former B-movie actress in Ukraine, dreams of Hollywood glory. Indulging a free-range imagination, Meloy mulches his verdant wilderness with wildly eclectic cultural references--real (Macbeth, Moby-Dick) and un- (Tax Bracket magazine, Lego replicas of Soviet-era statues). The incomparable Ellis more than rises to the challenge--her sly, wistful, abundant illustrations provide an emotional through line. Reflecting on her Wildwood experience, Prue "learned to not consider the minutiae of things, but rather take each episode as it came." Take Prue's advice and enjoy the ride. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062024718
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Wildwood Chronicles Series , #2
  • Pages: 559
  • Sales rank: 128,231
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Meet the Author

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. With the Wildwood Chronicles, he is now channeling those ideas into novels.

As a kid, Carson Ellis loved exploring the woods, drawing, and nursing wounded animals back to health. As an adult, little has changed—except she is now the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead, Dillweed's Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Colin and Carson live with their sons, Hank and Milo, in Oregon.

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. With the Wildwood Chronicles, he is now channeling those ideas into novels.

As a kid, Carson Ellis loved exploring the woods, drawing, and nursing wounded animals back to health. As an adult, little has changed—except she is now the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead, Dillweed's Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Colin and Carson live with their sons, Hank and Milo, in Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Love It!

    The first book captured my heart, and I am so glad the sequel is available on the Nook Color! The idea of such a world so close to home enthralls me; I don't think you'll be disappointed for reading the Wildwood Chronicles! (And by the way, doesn't the name Wildwood strike your fancy?)

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Amazing

    I loved the first one and thos one was amazing!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    WILDWOOD ROCKS

    I THOUGHT THE FIRST ONE WAS GOOD I WAS WRONG THIS ONE BLEW MY MIND!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH BETTER BEGINING THRU END!!!!!!!! SHE NEEDS TO MAKE ANOTHER ONE I MEAN THE END REALLY PUT ME IN SUSPENCE!!!!!! :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Great book I REALLY LOVED IT

    I greatly reccomend this book and Wildwood.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    It's Awesome!!

    I don't write book reports when I review a book. I simply state if I liked it or didn't like it. I don't want to give away the story or take any joy of reading it away. With that said I must say I really enjoyed this book for the most part. It was a great sequel to the first Wildwood book. The only thing I found bothersome was that unlike the first book which could stand alone as a complete story, Under Wildwood ends with a lot of unanswered questions which I hope are going to resolved in the next book due out in February. Despite that it is still a really great read. I enjoyed it and I hope you do too. I can't hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    epic

    i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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