PROGRESS: Wildwood Update

Hey everyone!  If you missed this month’s meetings, don’t worry, we didn’t get too far either!


Please read as much as you can, try to read up to part 3, but if you can finish it that would be great too!

Today we talked about our impressions of Prue and her parents and wondered what we would do if we were ever in the same situation.  Some of us thought that Prue’s parents were pretty irresponsible for letting a 12 year old watch a 1 year old baby.  Some of us thought it was strange that Prue went home after her brother was kidnapped and didn’t say anything to her parents.

What would you do if you were Prue?  Do you think your parents would believe you if you told them your little brother was kidnapped by crows?

We also talked about the interesting word choices the author makes in his writing.  There are a lot of words used that we had never heard of and had to look up!  We decided we like the book because of this because it is helping us improve our vocabulary.

Matthew made a great point saying that reading non-fiction or realistic-fiction can help you learn about history or science but reading fiction really helps your vocabulary.

Some words or phrases we discussed were:

  • “a murder of crows” — meaning a grouping of crows
  • camaraderie — meaning a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
  • conjured — meaning to call (an image) to mind
  • aeries — meaning a large nest of a bird of prey, esp. an eagle, typically built high in a tree or on a cliff.
  • concentric — meaning of or denoting circles, arcs, or other shapes that share the same center, the larger often completely surrounding the smaller.
  • coalesced — meaning to come together and form one mass or whole

If you see any words you don’t know the meaning of or a new words you really liked the sound of, write them down and bring your list to our next meeting!


Wildwood by Colin Meloy, Illustraited by Carson Ellis

For our next selection, the group chose Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis


We will be reading PART ONE for our next meeting on December 18th at 4pm!

“Prue McKeel’s life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one’s ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.”

Check out the trailer here!

We love this husband and wife duo.


Colin Meloy is the lead singer-songwriter for the band The Decemberists.  You can see his wonderful lyrical talents reflected in his writing.

Carson Ellis is the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is DeadDillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.