Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born.
by Colin Meloy
Expected release: September 2011 by Balzer & Bray
A forbidden wilderness. An epic journey. A new classic.Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest in the middle 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.
This book is thick. I was tempted to put off reading it based solely on its length. I'm glad I didn't. Once you begin reading, the length is not an issue--it didn't feel at all as long as it looks. The story truly does have that "classic" feeling: it's unusual, riveting, and completely enjoyable. Despite being the first book in a planned trilogy, it could easily stand alone and still feel satisfying. It's full of wicked coyotes, wise birds, quirky people, and lots and lots of conflict. For me, one of the coolest things about this story is that Colin Meloy made a magical, Impassable Wilderness in the middle of Portland BELIEVABLE. How cool is that?
On Friday, I will choose one random commenter to win my copy of Wildwood (many thanks, HarperCollins!).
- You must be a follower of my blog
- You must leave a comment on this post
- Extra entries for spreading the word: twitter, FB, blog posts, sidebars... just tell me in the comments what you did (1 entry each)
Good luck and happy Tuesday!