Keith Staskiewicz
January 07, 2011 AT 04:24 PM EST

After all those nautically themed ballads, Colin Meloy, the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Decemberists, has written a novel. His literary debut, Wildwood, is a middle-grade fantasy (middle-grade is publisher-speak for Young Young Adult) set in an alternate-reality version of Meloy’s hometown, Portland, Ore., in which adventure and magic have replaced flannel and independent coffee houses. Take a look at the exclusive cover reveal below.

It’s got a cool, Wes Anderson-y feel to it that make me think it’d be perfect for any twelve-year-old with an ironic mustache.

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