Wildwood ($7.59 Kindle), the first title in Colin Meloy’s series for middle grade readers, illustrated by Carson Ellis, is free in the iTunes store, courtesy of retailer Crate & Barrel.
When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, Prue McKeel begins an adventure that will take her and her friend Curtis way beyond her hometown and deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval, a world full of warring creatures, peace-loving mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. What begins as a rescue mission becomes something much bigger as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood. Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger and magic. It combines the thrill of a secret world and the buzz of modern city life. Original and fresh, yet steeped in classic fantasy, this is a novel that could have only come from the imagination of Colin Meloy, celebrated for his inventive and fantastic storytelling as the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists. With dozens of intricate and beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Carson Ellis, Wildwood is truly a new classic for the twenty-first century.
Grade Level: 3 and up
Get the free ebook from Crate & Barrel. There are also some free apps and an entire playlist of music you can get (and the selections may change over time, so be sure to bookmark it). Note that if the download doesn’t start automatically, you may need to copy the redemption code from the window that pops up after you click on “Get the Download”, then “Redeem Now” into the box on iTunes (after logging in there).