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review 2017-09-01 16:00
Wildwood Chronicles Masterpost OR I can't come up with a clever title
Wildwood - Carson Ellis,Colin Meloy
Under Wildwood - Carson Ellis,Colin Meloy
Wildwood Imperium - Carson Ellis,Colin Meloy

I hadn't intended to marathon the books in this series but fortuitously I was able to get my hands on them only weeks apart. Therefore, I decided to lump them all together in one masterpost. You're welcome! Rather than showing the covers for the books, I've opted to give you a glimpse of the illustrations found inside before each book's review. **If you haven't read past the first book then I highly caution you about reading my reviews for the other 2 books. I've tried to stay spoiler free but there's only so much I can omit.**

 

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Wildwood by Colin Meloy with illustrations by Carson Ellis starts off the Wildwood Chronicles series which as far as I can tell consists of 3 books (although some websites confusingly say there are only 2). The first book follows Prue McKeel, an average 12 year old living in Portland...until one day her baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows. She and a semi-friend from school, Curtis Mehlberg, venture into the Impassable Wilderness in search of the baby and stumble across an entirely different world. It turns out that inside the I.W. there exists a magical place full of talking coyotes, magical sorceresses, mystics that commune with trees, and a gang of roving bandits. There is also a postman, a corrupt government, and territory wars. Maybe things aren't so different from what she's used to after all? No, it's completely different and Prue finds out that she's not as normal as she once thought...

 

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Continuing in Under Wildwood, we find our heroes separated and trying to reconcile themselves to their new existences. Prue is having conversations with the local flora and Curtis is trying to become the best bandit he can possibly be. We're introduced to new characters such as Mr. Joffrey Unthank who is the owner and operator of both a machine shop and orphanage (not necessarily mutually exclusive by the way) as well as Carol Grod who sports a pair of wooden eyeballs. The reader continues to learn more about the Periphery Bind which keeps the Impassable Wilderness and all its environs from encroaching on the Outside. There are assassins, Titans of Industry (capitalization very much required), and danger around every corner. This book marks the turning point into a darker tone as the battle between good and evil gets well and truly under way.

 

Source: Hoodline

All of this brings us to Wildwood Imperium which (from what I can tell) is the final book of the series. To some extent, all of the books have discussed politics in one form or another but this one is almost entirely about the political system (or lack thereof) in Wildwood and its environs. Prue is still on the lookout for the second Maker (the reader knows who this is and it's frustrating seeing the near misses) while the Verdant Empress speaks to the May Queen from a mirror on a nightstand. (You aren't confused you're just behind in the series.) This is the tensest (and longest) book of the lot and a lot of loose ends are tied up (like where all of the bandits went). (I still have a question about the Elder Mystic's whereabouts but maybe that's just me.) It doesn't feel complete to me though. There's still a lot that could be done with the characters in my opinion but based on what I've seen there doesn't seem to be any plans to continue the series. It's a shame because this married pair makes a powerful literary duo. (They're coming out with a new book on October 24th of this year entitled The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid!)

 

Overall series rating: 9/10

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-05-02 00:00
Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles, #1)
Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles, #1) - Colin Meloy,Carson Ellis Mythic to a large degree this is an interesting read. Prue goes after her brother who has been kidnapped by crows into the Wildwood where no-one goes in Portland, but she finds that she can go, and her friend Curtis comes with her, they both find that everything is not as they assumed and that things will never be as they were before.

The illustrations added to the enjoyment. And while I enjoyed it I'm not sure where it's supposed to go, it's a bit long for a kid's book and a little childish for an adult. Still I'm looking forward to the next one.
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text 2013-12-15 22:18
Autism Book Recs
Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking - Julia Bascom
I Love Being My Own Autistic Self! A thAutoons Book - Landon Bryce
We've Been Here All Along: Autistics Over 35 Speak Out in Poetry and Prose - Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg
The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters - Dana Lee Baker
Thinking Person's Guide to Autism: Everything You Need to Know from Autistics, Parents, and Professionals: 1 - Jennifer Byde Myers,Shannon Des Roches Rosa,Carol Greenburg,Emily Willingham,Liz Ditz
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie - Jennifer Ashley
Love Anthony - Lisa Genova
Wildwood - Colin Meloy,Carson Ellis
A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quintet #1) - Madeleine L'Engle,Anna Quindlen
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome - Kathy Hoopmann

Think People's Guide to Autism is a FANTASTIC website and resource for all things Autism related. 

 

In their TPGA's All Ages Holiday Book Guide post, they list a variety of books (non-fiction, as well as adult and kid's fiction) about autism, or that feature realistic portrayals of Autistic people. Including a Victorian Romance novel featuring an autistic man as the romantic lead (Jennifer Asley's The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie).

 

But also featuring classic books like A Wrinkle in Time, which features a "...female protagonist [who] is a terrific role model for aspie girls."

 

This list is a great resource if you want to learn more about autism or if you have Autistic people in you're life who might find these books interesting themselves. 

 

I know I've added a bunch of these books to my reading list. 

Source: www.thinkingautismguide.com/2012/12/tpgas-all-ages-holiday-book-guide.html
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review 2013-10-27 02:40
Wildwood
Wildwood - Carson Ellis,Colin Meloy

This chapter book for children features feisty, intelligent Prue. She is searching for her baby brother who has been kidnapped by crows. Curse those evil crows!

 

A friend of hers, Curtis, invites himself along and together they enter the supposedly impassable wilderness of Wildwood where they meet a slew of crazy characters.

 

It's a good story, a lot of fun, AND has illustrations!

I read book two in this series, Under Wildwood, before I read this one. I didn't realize that it was a series when I read #2 and it didn't hurt the reading experience. I recommend both and have yet to read #3 but am highly anticipating it.

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review 2013-08-05 00:00
Wildwood - Colin Meloy,Carson Ellis

I have been reading this book on and off. For some reason, while the story is good, the book couldn't keep my attention for more than a few pages at a time.

Also I really disliked the Curtis parts. I loved to read about Prue's journey, but Curtis... no thank you.

Overall this was a good book, the story is really magical, and Prue is a very strong girl. She knows what she wants and won't stop until she has it.

I loved the illustrations in the book, it was one of the reasons why I bought this book.

I would recommend this book to: people who don't mind a slow book, who love fantasy, a girl who is quite awesome. :)

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