By Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis.
Prue McKeel’s life is completely ordinary; at least until one completely unordinary day when, during a visit to an adventure playground, her baby brother Mac is abducted by a murder of crows and taken into the Impassible Wilderness. A dense, tangled forest on the edge of Prue’s hometown Portland.
A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.
Frightened of what her parents will think of this catastrophe Prue puts a bundle of blankets into Mac’s cot to make it look like he is asleep.
The next day she and her friend Curtis, who much to Prue’s annoyance follows her, go into Wildwood.
So begins an adventure that will take Prue and Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness.
There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceful 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 battling in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness.
Wildwood is an amazing; rich, powerful, dark, complicated story, which I think deserves more publicity. Wildwood is the first book in the Wildwood series and the Wildwood website is at http://www.wildwoodchronicles.com/ 10 out of 10 stars!