Written by the lead singer of the indie folk band the Decembrists, the Wildwood Chronicles read like modern classics, filled with magic and richly drawn characters. Under Wildwood picks up where the last book left off. Favorite characters return and new ones are introduced, resulting in a fresh new plot. After having their confidence boosted in the first book, Prue and Curtis face new obstacles head-on and continue to persevere. At 576 pages, Wildwood is not for reluctant readers and some of the vocabulary may be challenging, especially to younger readers who may enjoy this book most if read aloud. Language is quite mild and rare (cr-p, d-mned). Those who are captivated by the story will look forward to following Curtis and Prue's adventures in book three of the Wildwood Chronicles, as this one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger.