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by: Colin Meloy

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (2011)


Staff Pick by comrade: AK

WARNING: Do not read this book on the bus, you WILL miss your stop! (twice) This is the voice of experience speaking. Engaging from the get go, Wildwood is wonderfully entertaining and whimsical.

Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. That is, until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in--or at least returned to tell of it. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they 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.