Wildwood is a middle-grade book series (collectively known as, The Wildwood Chronicles) that I just can't put down.
Everyone who knows me knows, I'm a Harry Potter guy--always will be; but Wildwood is the first book I've read in a long time that brings back that same sense of magic I first discovered in Harry Potter.
Wildwood is not about wizards or horcuxes or he-who-must-not-be-named kinda characters; but, this series does fall into the same category as that of our friend Harry's: fantasy adventure.
The author, Colin Meloy, weaves an intricate story throughout his three novels; the world he creates (that exists just outside of Portland) mixes humans and human-like animals, modern day imagery with charming throwbacks to the Victorian era. It's a story about revolution, perseverance, and friendship.
Meloy, who is actually the lead singer of a band called, The Decemberists, took these books to the top of the New York Times bestseller list with ease.
I am currently halfway through the second book: with each turn of the page, I find myself saying, "Okay, just one more chapter and then I'll make dinner..." hahaha, silly me. (Kids are okay to eat a bag of croutons for supper, right?).
I recommend Wilwood to kids who like adventure and those looking to escape into epic new landscapes. Of course, like me, adult fans of middle-grade will really enjoy this series as well.
Also good to know: unlike the Harry Potter series, the Wildwood books are very affordable (always a plus in my busy house with three kids!); expect to pay about $35CAD for all three novels (in paperback).
Have you read Wildwood yet? If you have, let's chat! What are you favorite parts about this series: where did Meloy knock it out of the park, where could have he done more?