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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.

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Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles Series #I)

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Overview

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.

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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606268646
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 541
  • Sales rank: 1,209,344
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Colin Meloy is a genius and his wife is amazing.

    Wildwood was one of my favorite books to read, especially since it gave me something to do on the 8-hour drive to and from Disneyland while I was squished between my sister and brother, who were eating way to many sunflower seeds than their sodium intake could handle. I wasn't kidnapped by a murder of crows and almost eaten alive by carnivorous ivy, though, so it wasn't that bad. Wildwood had a strong main character who had a lot of help along the way saving her brother, and more importantly, all of Portland. (And potentially Oregon and possibly the whole world. Wouldn't it be strange to see an entire planet covered in ivy?) This book defines what family is: sometimes you hate each other, but in the end love wins out and therefore you save your little brother from getting devoured by a plant. Get my point? Anyway, The Decemberists are awesome, Carson Ellis is related to Vincent van Gogh, and if you don't understand a word Colin Meloy is writing, maybe you're just stupid.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    What a lovely book! The story is enchanting and it seems to appeal to older children as well as those who still enjoy an adult reading aloud. It would also make an appreciated gift for the hard to please adolescent. This adult enjoyed the fantasy as much as the children! The story will appeal to those interested in fantasy, those who love nature, as well as the animal lover!

    Colin Meloy weaves a memorable tale with vocabulary expanding descriptions that inspire the imagination!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Ananymous

    VERY GOOD!!! TOTALLY RECOMEND!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Loving it!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE TAP

    Love it already and not even half through!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    READ IT QUICK, FORGET IT THE SAME.

    AS A FAN I WAS ECSTATIC. LEARNING THAT MR. MELOY GREW UP A FAN OF MR. BRADBURY INCREASED MY EXCITEMENT. I LOVE RAY BRADBURY.

    I JUST FINISHED THIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THING.

    IT WAS OK.

    THE PLOT WAS EXTREMELY PREDICTABLE. CHARACTERS WERE LIKABLE AT BEST.

    IT IS VERY WELL WRITTEN. UNFORTUNATELY IT'S DIRECTED TOWARDS KIDS AGES 8-12. WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE STORY THE VOCABULARY MAKES SENSE. NEVERTHELESS I FOUND FAR TOO MANY WORDS THAT NO ONE USES.

    EVER.

    THE OVERALL STORY I FOUND ENJOYABLE. ESPECIALLY TOWARDS THE END. HOWEVER, THE PROBLEMS WERE WITH THE DETAILS. I WAS LEFT INSPECTING THE HOLES LIKE FRESH BULLET WOUNDS FROM AN UNSEEN AND UNHEARD SHOOTER. WHY? HOW? BUT...

    AS FAR AS FANTASIES GO THIS DEBUT NOVEL FAILS TO ESCAPE THE SHADOW OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF ITS PREDECESSORS. LIKE JAKOB DYLAN DECIDING TO WRITE SONGS. THE SHOES SEEM TO BE JUST A COUPLE SIZES TOO BIG.

    I RECOMMEND THIS TO DECEMBERISTS FANS WITH THE DISCLAIMER, "IF YOU MUST."

    ALSO TO THE AVID READER, READ IT QUICK, FORGET IT THE SAME.

    5 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    A good read

    I enjoyed this book even though im 19 and the book is aimed towards children. The vocabulary was very rich and the story was unique in its own way even though it may be inspired by the chronicles of narnia. The story wasnt completely predictable, and the ending was great. I cant wait till more of the chronicle comes out.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Anonymous on 1/17/2013

    Im only partway thru but its soooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Loved it!

    Loved that book! Great for people who like adventure and mysrerious places. Long, but very detailed. Loved it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    So good

    I love the part when prues baby brother gets stolen from birds

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    Grows on you and hooks you!

    It took me awhile to get into this story but once I did, I was really hooked. I had given this to my great niece - age 9 - and was intrigued enough to get it for myself.
    Very imaginative - and intriguing to have the Wildwood lands an overlooked and nearly invisible part of Portland, OR. Having lived in the NW for many years, I especially enjoyed the "evil" role accorded to ivy! The heroes grow on you steadily and the main villain is VERY BAD - as in all good epic tales. Now I've completed book 2 in the series and am happily awaiting #3.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    What a great book! To my surprise, I really enjoyed it...althoug

    What a great book! To my surprise, I really enjoyed it...although while reading, I did have to stop occasionally to get my dictionary to figure out the meaning of some of the words that were used (I really wonder if an 8 year old really understood the meaning of some of them). Stumbling across those words often caused me to lose my concentration just when I would be getting into the story...). Other than that, could not put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Great

    I recomend it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Wonderful reading!

    I choose my reading carefully, needing good plot, good characters, and good fantasy. If it's not working I put the book down. Here I have discovered the first of a series, and I'm hungry for more. I enjoy the pace, and the author's sense of character. I open the book at odd times and am instantly back in the story. The author hasn't let me down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Awesomr

    Gdsggrhfsyhtfg great

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

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    Great read for young and old! My 11-year-old daughter and I read

    Great read for young and old! My 11-year-old daughter and I read the book together and we both loved it so much we had to go out and buy the second book in The Wildwood Chronicles (called Under Wildwood) immediately. It is rich and satisfying text, and a great vocabulary builder - there were words in the book I even had to look up! My daughter loved this book so much she had me get it for her favorite teacher for his birthday. We even went looking through maps of Oregon, because we wanted to find out everything we could about where the characters came from, and found out there is a real Wildwood Trail. I just can't say enough good things about this book: It's so well-written, suspenseful, and fantastical! If this isn't a classic in twenty years I'll be really surprised!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

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    2 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    It was ok

    It was ok but I never really finished it ( wich by the way if you als havent finished it but are planning to dont read the summary of Under Wildwood spoiler alert) I think that the musterious benedict society was way better than this book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Love!

    COOL!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    great book!!

    In the beginning a baby is abducted by crow and the plan was to kill him, but he is saved by a girl
    His sister

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    LOVE IT

    I love this book. It has action,humor everything i love in a book. I recomend this book for ten and up but i could be wrong. The story has some heart in it, like how Prue goes into the Inpassable Wilderess (Wildwood) to get her brother Mac who was kidnapped by a murder of crows. It shows that she really cares about him, I would do the same for my two brothers. As much as i hate them sometimes we are a family and family sticks together. This book is wonderful and i hope that you enjoy it. DO NOT LET THE HATERS BRING YOU DOWN ABOUT THE BOOK YOU CAN DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO READ!!! By the way I am 12. :-)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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