Wildwood by Colin Meloy
The Chronicles, Book I

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There are editorial problems along the way. Wildwood is often slow, particularly for a book this long, and occasionally – as on page nine – there'll be three uses of "suddenly" in a single paragraph.
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For fans of The Chronicles of Narnia comes the first book in the Wildwood Chronicles, the New York Times bestselling fantasy adventure series by Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society.

In Wildwood, Prue and her friend Curtis 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 captivates readers with the wonder and thrill of a secret world within the landscape of a modern city. It feels at once firmly steeped in the classics of children's literature and completely fresh at the same time. The story is told from multiple points of view, and the book features more than eighty illustrations, including six full-color plates, making this an absolutely gorgeous object.

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About Colin Meloy

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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. You can visit him online at www.wildwoodchronicles.com.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Balzer + Bray. 561 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Patrick Ness on Mar 16 2012

There are editorial problems along the way. Wildwood is often slow, particularly for a book this long, and occasionally – as on page nine – there'll be three uses of "suddenly" in a single paragraph.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by James Ellis on Dec 16 2011

This book goes into great detail about characters, settings and things. The book also has many coloured and non-coloured pictures of the unique scenery, characters and also items found throughout the adventure.

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