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Written by Colin Meloy

Illustrated by Carson Ellis

Part of the Wildwood Trilogy Series

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Wildwood Review

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This delightful book isn’t easy to categorise. Written and illustrated by a Husband and Wife team this surreal, fairytale-like story is full of adventure and excitement – beginning with the abduction of a one year old, twenty five pound, baby boy abducted by a flock of crows! Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger and magic. It combines the thrill of a secret world and the buzz of modern city life. Original and fresh, yet steeped in classic fantasy, this is a novel that could have only come from the imagination of Colin Meloy, celebrated for his inventive and fantastic storytelling as the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists. With dozens of intricate and beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis. Strangely brilliant and possibly a ‘modern classic’.

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Books in The Wildwood Series:

1. Wildwood

2. Under Wildwood

3. Wildwood Imperium


Wildwood Synopsis

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, Prue McKeel begins an adventure that will take her and her friend Curtis way beyond her hometown and deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peace-loving mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. What begins as a rescue mission becomes something much bigger as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.


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Wildwood Press Reviews

'This book is like the wild, strange forest it describes. It is full of suspense and danger and frightening things the world has never seen, and once I stepped inside I never wanted to leave' - Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

‘A beautiful object and a beautiful read. One half fairy tale, one half coming-of-age story, one half unrepentantly gorgeous work of art, this book is overflowing with gifts’ - Jonathan Safran Foer

‘An irresistible, atmospheric adventure - richly imagined and richly rewarding’ - Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series

‘Dark and whimsical, with a true and uncanny sense of otherworldliness, Wildwood is the heir to a great tradition of stories of wild childhood adventure. It snatched me up and carried me off into a world I didn't want to leave’ - Michael Chabon 

‘Meloy creates a fully realized fantasy world…. Ellis’s illustrations perfectly capture the original world and contribute to the feel of an instant timeless classic. Further adventures in Wildwood cannot come quickly enough.’ – School Library Journal (starred review)

Hinnie Broom, age 10 'I found the book hardgoing at first but then it got easier. My favourite character was Prue because she didn't go home when things turned bad. My favourite bit was when everyone got home safely.'


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ISBN: 9780857863249
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857863249
Publication date: 1st March 2012
Author: Colin Meloy
Illustrator: Carson Ellis
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 560 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks
Collections: 70 Series of Books for Kids with a Voracious Appetite,

About Colin Meloy

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. This is his first time channelling those ideas into a novel. As a child, his wife 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 ...

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