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Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book II

Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book II

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Under Wildwood is the second book in the New York Times bestselling adventure series the Wildwood Chronicles from Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, the acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother

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Under Wildwood is the second book in the New York Times bestselling adventure series the Wildwood Chronicles from Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, the acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society.

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. 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 his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And, in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again 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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Fans of Meloy's indie-rock band, The Decemberists, will recognize themes running through his engaging debut celebrating the struggle of ordinary folk (including plants and animals) to throw off tyranny and shape their destinies.

When her baby brother is carried off by crows to the Impassable Wilderness at the heart of Portland, Ore., stubbornly courageous Prue McKeel, 12, sets out to reclaim him, accompanied by annoying schoolfellow and class pariah Curtis Mehlberg. Their quest soon becomes entangled with longstanding conflicts among residents of this magical wilderness, which harbors secrets both strange (talking animals, sentient plants) and familiar (xenophobic mistrust, government red tape). Overcoming a slow start, the story gains momentum when Prue and Curtis enter the woods, encountering its vividly portrayed denizens, human and otherwise. Captured by the mysterious Dowager Governess, Curtis must choose sides in a confusing conflict; either way, he'll need courage and ingenuity to survive. Prue's search leads through South Wood's impenetrable bureaucracy to North Wood, where mystics commune with nature. Gritty urban settings abound in contemporary fantasy (Holly Black, Neil Gaiman and China Miéville are exemplars). Faithfully recreating Portland's wild Forest Park, Meloy gives his world a uniquely Pacific Northwest spin. Illustrations by Ellis, Meloy's wife, bring forest and inhabitants to gently whimsical life.

A satisfying blend of fantasy, adventure story, eco-fable and political satire with broad appeal; especially recommended for preteen boys. (Fantasy. 10 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062024732
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
65,510
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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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Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first one and thos one was amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I greatly reccomend this book and Wildwood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!! :-)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!