Word Nerd: Wildwood Chronicles

I’m reading a completely gorgeous book. Wildwood was set in Portland, OR and targeted to a youth audience, the book is part urban fantasy and part coming-of-age wilderness adventure.

Written by Colin Meloy, the lead singer of the Decemberists, the book has an awesome heroine and a witty style to it. For those of you familiar with Portland, Meloy reimagines Forest Park as a forbidden wasteland called Wildwood…that is actually home to a completely separate society that happens to be caught in a civil war. When our heroine, Prue, travels into the forest to rescue her brother, she runs into all sorts of adventures.

I tend to geek out over books – full disclosure, I have a BA in English and a MS in Book Publishing – but this one is truly a splendid, worthwhile addition to the library. It’s hardbound, with deckled pages, and is substantially thick. Also, it was illustrated by Meloy’s wife, award-winning illustrator Carson Ellis. There are separate color plates and random black/white illustrations scattered throughout the pages.

Here’s a link to the book’s website and also a link to some videos of the husband and wife team.

I cannot wait to read this book with Griffin in a few years.

Cheers, Amy

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