Meloy, Colin (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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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.
Authors: Meloy, Colin
Statement of Responsibility: Colin Meloy ; illustrations by Carson Ellis
Title: Wildwood
Publisher: New York :, Balzer + Bray,, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 541 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
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Report This Jan 22, 2014
  • Doctor_10101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unique. Nothing like the other books I've read. Just the way I like it. A bit slow in the beginning but after that I just wanted to enter Wildwood and never get out. I'm off to Oregon!

Report This Dec 12, 2013
  • missbaseball rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was very good. When I got about 2/3 through, I just had to keep going to.find.out what happens

Report This Aug 16, 2013
  • catrionablue rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The beginning is a bit slllllooooowwwww. Get through that, and BAM! It's like you enter the book!

Report This Aug 05, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you've been waiting for a fantasy tale set in Portland, Oregon, look no further. It's probably longer than it needs to be, but I enjoyed the setting (maybe because I grew up in Portland) and the characters. The illustrations are also a plus. Age-wise, I'd say this one's for 10 and up.

"When Prue's baby brother is kidnapped by crows, Prue has no choice but to chase them… into the ominous Impassable Wilderness. Once there, Prue - and her classmate Curtis, who followed her - are caught up in dangerous and complicated war between the evil Dowager Governess and the citizens (both humans and animal) of the Wildwood. Set in a well-realised fantasy world, with a cast of talking animals and a ruthless villain, Wildwood will appeal to fans of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, as well as readers who like fantasy with a darker, more modern edge. Prue and Curtis continue their adventures in Under Wildwood." Kids' Books July 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=659075

Report This Apr 07, 2013
  • JKalloo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I'm going to agree with hanstra and djoyce. This book is OK for children to read, but its too long and complicated. The vocab would be challenging for younger readers and the storyline wasnt there for me. It wasnt magical enough, like a hipster whose comming off sugar high wrote this. I prefer the authors lyrics more than this hefty book.

Report This Mar 29, 2013
  • babu2002 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a great book! It has some scary parts with coyote soldiers, but the characters are interesting and well developed. Prue and Curtis are challenged by all sorts of dangers, and sometimes only just manage to pull through successfully, which gives the book more suspense. I was stuck in it for two days. It was very hard to put down. I loved reading it!

Report This Dec 16, 2012
  • djoyce rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

At about 576 pages, this hefty book isn’t for children looking for a quick read. The book is rated for ages 8 and up. The text is fairly dense (though satisfyingly so, in my opinion), and there is a fair amount of vocabulary that will be new or challenging for younger children. Personally, I think that’s a good thing, as I’m not a huge fan of “dumbing down” children’s books or using formulas to make sure that the vocabulary is “appropriate” (read: easy enough) for children. That being said, this book probably isn’t for children who are at a lower level of reading comprehension, at least not without someone to read to them or help them with it. I don’t recall any swear words (unless you count “dang” or “screwed”), though there are a few passing references to characters “cursing” (without stating what, exactly, they said). There are also a few passing references to smoking a cigar or pipe if that bothers you, and there is some violence (blood, shooting with arrows and old muskets, and some characters are killed while fighting) if those are triggers for you or your children. The violence isn’t particularly graphic and there is no sex or romance. This book would likely appeal to children/pre-teens (and possibly early teens) who enjoy epic fantasy stories, such as The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, or perhaps Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. There are elements of magic, talking animals, a heroic journey, and similar themes.

Report This Dec 10, 2012
  • hanstra rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Maybe this book was just not my thing. It was a combination of Narnia and the 100-Acre wood, and I just couldn't really take it seriously. I suppose some parts of it were good, and it wasn't a BAD book, but the whole talking-animals thing distracted me quite a bit and the Winnie-The-Pooh likeness was hard to get past. Toward the end I warmed up to it a bit, but keep in mind this is a VERY lengthy book. I would recommend reading it if you have a lot of time on your hands.

Report This Jul 25, 2012
  • ReadingOntheBus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

How can you not enjoy a book that actually mentions salmon berries and has --oh wait! that would give too much away!. I like books with clever kids. I have no problem with dopey parents (I'm sure my kids think I'm dopey often) I found this book a fun summer read and am busily recommending it to kids I know.

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Report This Aug 16, 2013
  • catrionablue rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

catrionablue thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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green_dog_3099 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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Report This Aug 16, 2013
  • catrionablue rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: If you are looking for a reality book and a quick read, DO NOT READ THIS


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