In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood.
Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.
But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work in his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And, in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.
About the Author
Colin Meloy once wrote Ray Bradbury a letter, informing him that he 'considered himself an author too.' He was ten. Since then, Colin has gone on to be the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists, where he channels all of his weird ideas into weird songs. Wildwood is his first time channeling those ideas into a novel.
About the Illustrator
Carson Ellis first rose to prominence as the artist who created husband Colin Meloy's band The Decemberists' iconic visual look - one that would become immediately identifiable and a key ingredient of the band's success. She's gone on to become a bestselling illustrator, collaborating with many accomplished authors including Lemony Snicket on The Composer is Dead. The first novel that she illustrated, The Mysterious Benedict Society, has sold more than 500,000 copies and spent several months on the New York Times bestseller list. Wildwood is the first of three books in The Wildwood Chronicles written by Meloy and illustrated by Ellis.
For Ages: 4 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 6
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 8th October 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 20.5
Edition Number: 2