Decembrists singer Colin Meloy writes children's book Wildwood

The novel is the product of collaboration with his wife Carson Ellis

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Decembrists singer Colin Meloy writes children's book Wildwood

Wildwood is the debut illustrated children's novel from husband-and-wife creative double act Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. Meloy is probably best known as the lead singer of US indie-folk group the Decembrists (for whom Ellis supplies album artwork). The book is to be published by Canongate, marking their first foray into childen’s book publishing.

The story revolves around 12 year old protagonist Prue McKeel, who embarks upon a turbulent and dangerous adventure with her friend Curtis after her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness: a mysterious, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. Whilst searching for Prue's brother, they uncover a secret world of warring creatures and powerful figures with dark intentions and soon find themselves involved in fighting for the freedom of this wonderland, known locally as Wildwood.

A Series of Unfortunate Events writer Lemony Snicket, who has worked with Ellis in the past, has publicly praised the book, stating: ‘This book is like the wild, strong forest it describes. It is full of suspense and danger and frightening things the world has never seen, and once I stepped inside I never wanted to leave.’

The novel is intended to be the first in a series called Wildwood Chronicles, inspired by the vast and unusual woodlands that surround the Oregon home the couple share with their six year old son, Henry.

WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis

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