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A Hero for WondLa (Search for WondLa Series #2)

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The highly anticipated new illustrated novel in the New York Times bestselling The Search for WondLa series.

Before the end of The Search for WondLa, Eva Nine had never seen another human, but after a human boy named Hailey rescues her along with her companions, she couldn’t be happier. Eva thinks she has everything she’s ever dreamed of, especially when Hailey brings her and her friends to the colony of New Attica, where humans of all shapes ...

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Overview

The highly anticipated new illustrated novel in the New York Times bestselling The Search for WondLa series.

Before the end of The Search for WondLa, Eva Nine had never seen another human, but after a human boy named Hailey rescues her along with her companions, she couldn’t be happier. Eva thinks she has everything she’s ever dreamed of, especially when Hailey brings her and her friends to the colony of New Attica, where humans of all shapes and sizes live in apparent peace and harmony.
But all is not idyllic in New Attica, and Eva Nine soon realizes that something sinister is going on—and if she doesn’t stop it, it could mean the end of everything and everyone on planet Orbona. Three illustrations trigger a 3-D Augmented Reality flying game that mimics action in the novel.
Featuring an abundance of lavish two-color illustrations and spot art throughout and introducing a host of remarkable characters that reinforce the importance of friendship, A Hero for WondLa has all the hallmarks of a classic book—of the future.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In this much-anticipated sequel to The Search for WondLa, Tony DiTerlizzi answers many of the lingering questions with futuristic world-building and confident storytelling...DiTerlizzi's masterful two-color illustrations in blue and black ramp up the tensions. The trilogy's end can't come soon enough."—Shelf Awareness

"This installment in the series is as well written as the first and will leave readers wanting to know what happens to all those fighting to save their world. With complete descriptions of scenery, creatures, flora, and cities, DiTerlizzi has created a world that is easy for readers to step into. A strong recommendation for anyone who has read the first volume and motivation for others to start the series."—School Library Journal

VOYA - Florence Munat
When Eva Nine, a twelve-year-old girl raised by a robot named Muthr, is forced from an underground sanctuary—the only home she has ever known—she searches for other humans on planet Orbona (formerly Earth). She encounters mainly aliens, notably her gentle mentor Rovender, a Caerulean with back-bending knees. But Hailey, a boy pilot, transports them to the magical, domed city of New Attica, which is the utopian project of Cadmus Pryde. Pryde created this artificial city in response to the shutdown of Earth's ecosystems and its transition to planetary hibernation. But Eva realizes that Pryde's seeming benevolence is masking his real motives: to apply mind control to humans and manipulate experiments on aliens to allow him to rule Orbona and control all its resources. Eva and Rovender escape the city, knowing they must warn Orbona's residents of Pryde's ruthless, monomaniacal agenda—and prevent it from happening. Eva utilizes the Good (Wandering Trees, Otto the giant water bear) and avoids the Evil (warbots, sand-snipers) as she wends her way through a futuristic world of barren landscapes and aliens, always in search of a place to call home. Her abilities to adapt and empathize with all creation make her an ideal heroine. Much of the characterization, plot, and copious illustrations are reminiscent of the Oz books. The two-color, fantastical images and short chapters enhance readability. Access to a computer with a webcam and Internet allows readers to play a 3-D interactive game in which they pilot Hailey's airship through Orbona. This story will be continued in future volumes and is preceded by The Search For Wondla (Simon & Schuster, 2010). Reviewer: Florence Munat
Kirkus Reviews
Long on action and atmosphere, with detailed descriptions and illustrations of the odd world of Orbona, Eva Nine's adventures pick up just where they ended (The Search for WondLa, 2010). In the ruins of an ancient city, an airship has appeared, piloted by the first other human Eva has ever seen. Hailey (think a teenage Han Solo) promises to deliver Eva and Rovender to New Attica (the reference will doubtless be lost on young readers), where the human population lives beneath a giant dome. Once there, Eva gets briefly caught up in its glamour and novelty before a strangely familiar young woman opens her eyes to the destructive intentions of the colony's leader. A complicated escape and a series of chases ensue, with dramatic battles, a stop to reunite Rovender with his estranged family, betrayal by an ostensible ally, a mystical encounter and an attempt to rescue friends from danger. Once again, a not-terribly-surprising surprise ending sets up the next installment. The pace is faster and DiTerlizzi's voice is stronger in this sequel, but it still feels like less than the sum of its parts. The accompanying website offers games, character descriptions and an "Augmented Reality" flying game. Full interactivity requires a webcam and a software download and may or may not increase readers' enjoyment. Inventive in detail if predictable in plot, this should please fans of the first volume. (Science fiction/fantasy. 10-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Picking up where The Search for Wondla (S & S, 2010) ended, Eva Nine, along with her close alien friend Rovender, is on her way to a human city for the first time. She is torn between suspicion of the young pilot named Hailey, who has come to transport her, and wanting to feel as if she belongs among "her people." Appearances, however, can be deceiving. Eva's excitement at being part of a community is soon replaced by dread as she realizes that the mastermind behind the city, Cadmus, is not a benevolent father figure, but a controlling dictator who wants to destroy the alien populations and reclaim the Earth for human inhabitants. She quickly realizes that the human city is more of a trap than a home and she is marked for bigger things. With the help of a newfound sister, she rescues her friends from evil science experiments and sets off to warn the rest of the world. Sacrifices are made and Eva Nine goes through her own transformation, finding out what it means to have family and perhaps where she truly belongs. This installment in the series is as well written as the first and will leave readers wanting to know what happens to all those fighting to save their world. With complete descriptions of scenery, creatures, flora, and cities, DiTerlizzi has created a world that is easy for readers to step into. A strong recommendation for anyone who has read the first volume and motivation for others to start the series.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416983125
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Search for WondLa Series , #2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 151,065
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is the author of The Search for WondLa. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure as well as the Zena Sutherland Award–winning Ted. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and The Fly earned Tony his second Zena Sutherland Award and also received a Caldecott Honor. Tony’s art has also graced the covers of such well-known fantasy writers as Peter S. Beagle, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Greg Bear. His first chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. He lives with his wife Angela and their daughter in Western Massachusetts and Jupiter, Florida. Visit Tony online at DiTerlizzi.com.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    OH MY GOSH.

    I loved the first one. I mean it is like my favorite book ever that I got on my birthday of 2011, and now the new one comes to me exactly a year later! On my bday! Well that is what the date published is impling. I am so excited.

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    OMG

    I am so siked.I loved the first one so im pretty sure i would like this one!! :)

    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Cant whate.

    Gunu be awsome!

    9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    wow

    I loved this book as much as the first one and i am glad that i decided to pick out that funny looking book in the school libery

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Awesome!

    We read both books and can't wait for the next one. We found the story to be highly creative and innovative with just the right amount of suspense. The emphasis on livingand being a compassionate being is amessage we should all embrace and take to heart. The use of technology had many parelles to our every day life that makes you wonder.....
    Read it today!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    The first book was absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down. And now with this one, I find myself continuously craving the book! A great sequel!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    I am so excited!

    I love the first book a lot so hopefully this one will be amazing too!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    I loved WondLa

    I greive for Muthr :( post this if you care.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    C:

    I can't wait to read this one! I loved the first one! Let's hope it
    is good!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Anonymous

    Awsome book i tell u ur going to love it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    This sequel refuses to stay in any pre-established genre box. Wh

    This sequel refuses to stay in any pre-established genre box. Where book 1 was pretty firmly in the "adventures on another planet" category, this book flirts with dystopia, alien battles, and creepy spiritual creatures. Somehow,  Tony DiTerlizzi makes all of these pieces fit together seamlessly. 

    I really enjoyed how the story of Eva Nine has grown more complex. Eva's character is really evolving and her world has grown from the tiny Sanctuary to a world witb inter-species politics. At first I thought DiTerlizzi was going to spend most of the book in the human city of New Attica and that it would take a while for Eva to see that something's not right. But DiTerlizzi gets us through this portion of the story quickly, while managing to build a satisfyingly disturbing "utopia." The pacing was perfect and the technology was intriguing and creepy. 

    The real focus of the series continues to be Eva's growth. Though some of tbe new characters, Hailey and Eight, really frustrated me, Eva remained true and strong. One of my pet peeves is when female protagonists hit the whiny stage (usually in book 2). While Eva had a short period of trying to fit in, it didn't last long and the experience just made her stronger.

    I'm anxious to see how DiTerlizzi concludes this trilogy, especially now that he's introduced some pseudo-magical powers and a god-like Mother Nature creature.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Must read

    You have to read this! It is the best book ever!Personally I think that this book was better than the first. You have to read this. It is a great read aloud.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    You have got to read this book

    This a great book. I could not but it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Awesome

    I read the sample and it is so cool! But why is Eva a 'reboot'

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Eh

    First book better. This one had slow start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Beautiful story

    Just as good as book 1.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Muthr

    I miss muthr but great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    WOW!!! This book is awesome

    I just finished this book and this is way better than the first one. This book is more dysopian than scifi. Read it today

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Smile

    THIS IS THE BEST HEART TOUCHING BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!! PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE RRRREEEEEAAAAAAAADDDDD!!! IM NOT KIDDING! THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ AND I READ ALOT!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Finish The series

    The books where great. Just one of the most amazing things i ever read. But is that it does she not defet cadmas. Please make more :(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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