The premise: Prue McKeel is at the park with her little brother Mac. She's ridden her bike with Mac tucked safely in a red Radio Flyer wagon. The sky darkens. Crows swoop in. And they steal little Mac away in their beaks. But not just away--they fly him into the Impassable Wilderness, that place on the edge of Portland, Oregon, where people never go. Except now Prue must go there. And Curtis ends up joining her.
What keeps readers reading: I'll quote my daughter here. She said, "Wildwood is a thrilling and fantastic fantasy that leaves you asking, what will happen next?" No kidding. Those are her words (she's twelve; the audience this book seeks). I even had her write down what she said so I would say it exactly as she told me. I will interject, however, and say this book is not for the faint of heart or a reluctant reader. It is 541 pages long and is definitely geared for upper middle grade readers. But as I stated in this review's opening, adventure abounds in Wildwood. The villainess Colin Meloy creates captures and intrigues, and Prue and Curtis (as well as a host of other characters) grab and hold interest. Journey with Prue and Curtis as they search for little Mac.
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