Read The First Four Chapters of Colin Meloy’s New Young Adult Novel

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One of our very favorite musician turned literary authors, the Decemberists’ intrepid leader Colin Meloy will publish his first book, Wildwood , on August 30th. We found out that he and his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis, signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins for a series of “middle-grade fantasy-adventure” novels way back in April, and much patience later, we are finally getting a proper taste. You can too — go here to download the first four chapters, or just toss the book’s Facebook page a ‘Like’ and we promise that you’ll be up to your ears in super twee YA reading (the books are set in Portland, after all) for at least the next couple hours. And of course, after you’ve checked it out, make sure to let us know what you think!

[via Pitchfork]