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Book Review: Wildwood

May 3, 2012

By Elizabeth G.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson EllisWhen Prue McKeel’s baby brother is abducted by crows and taken straight into the Impassable Wilderness (or Wildwood, as the locals call it), Prue knows she must go in and rescue him, even if that means entering a mysterious, forbidding forest that no one, yet, has come out of alive.

By entering the Wildwood, she discovers a hidden world but not a happy one. As luck would have it, someone follows her into Wildwood, and Prue soon finds herself responsible for the safe return of her brother and her father. Prue is caught in the middle of warring nations involving talking birds, coyote soldiers, ivy, a powerful yet intensely dark queen, bandits, peaceful farmers, and gypsies.

Wildwood, written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis, is a fast-paced, enthralling adventure filled to the brim with suspense and adventure. The book’s vibrant illustrations and descriptive words put you into the Impassable Wilderness alongside Prue. It’s a book you will not want to put down until you have soaked up every detail.

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