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The Search for WondLa (Search for WondLa Series #1)

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by Tony DiTerlizzi
 

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Now in paperback, Tony DiTerlizzi’s New York Times bestselling, richly illustrated modern classic.

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her: She knows that other humans exist

Overview

Now in paperback, Tony DiTerlizzi’s New York Times bestselling, richly illustrated modern classic.

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her: She knows that other humans exist because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.”

Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout display another dimension of the tale, and readers with webcams can also view Augmented Reality that reveals additional information about Eva Nine’s world. Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original space-age adventure—one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child’s wish for a place to belong.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Spiderwick Chronicles coauthor DiTerlizzi introduces 12-year-old Eva Nine, who lives centuries in the future and is trying to discover whether she is the last human being on an alien world, in this series launch. After a hunter forces her out of Sanctuary--where she's been raised by a robot, Muthr--she finds a hostile world like nothing she has learned about or trained for. She makes friends, including a wanderer named Rovender and a telepathic "water horse" she calls Otto, but also finds unexpected enemies. While there is less imaginative variety than in the Spiderwick books, and the world does not seem as fully envisioned, there is still wonder aplenty in this tense, chase-filled journey to engage young readers, plus twists for adult fans of Twilight Zone–styled stories. The bond between Eva and her friends is well drawn, and Otto, happily, is more than just a human in alien form. DiTerlizzi's evocative, detailed pen illustrations (not all seen by PW), which have a retro Star Wars vibe, and interactive maps online, unlocked via Augmented Reality, contribute to a sense of adventure as Eva dives into the unknown. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“I was knocked out by Tony DiTerlizzi's novel... everything is described so thoroughly and fully that I felt like I was there. I think Tony's extraordinary visual sense comes though here with words. Spiderwick was amazing; this goes so much further.”-- Joan Kindig, Associate Professor at James Madison University

* "The abundant illustrations, drawn in a flat, two-tone style, are lush and enhance readers’ understanding of this unique universe...DiTerlizzi is pushing the envelope in his latest work, nearly creating a new format that combines a traditional novel with a graphic novel and with the interactivity of the computer. Yet, beneath this impressive package lies a theme readers will easily relate to: the need to belong, to connect, to figure out one’s place in the world. The novel’s ending is a stunning shocker that will leave kids frantically awaiting the next installment.”--School Library Journal, starred review

"There is...wonder aplenty in this tense, chase-filled journey to engage young readers, plus twists for adult fans of Twilight Zone–styled stories. The bond between Eva and her friends is well drawn, and Otto, happily, is more than just a human in alien form. DiTerlizzi's evocative, detailed pen illustrations, which have a retro Star Wars vibe, and interactive maps online, unlocked via Augmented Reality, contribute to a sense of adventure as Eva dives into the unknown."--Publisher's Weekly

"Imaginative, accessible technologies combine with fanciful creatures to create perpetual wonder in this fast-moving narrative."--BCCB

"Reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke."--New York Times Book Review

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old Eva Nine is being raised by Muthr, a pale blue robot who is loving and maternal (she speaks in the sweet, unflappable tones of a 1950s sit-com mom), in an underground home on the planet Orbona. When a marauder destroys her home, she leaves Sanctuary in a quest to find other humans like herself. Aboveground she finds a fantastic and frightening world populated by malevolent wandering trees, a giant beast who is pursuing her, nasty sand-snipers, and more. With the aid of Rovender, a lanky blue creature with backward-bending knees, and Otto, a giant water bear with whom she can communicate telepathically, Eva faces many dangers, including capture by a taxidermist who wants to skin her in order to create a living fossil for display. This first book in the series concludes with her arrival at her destination in the ancient city of ruins. The abundant illustrations, drawn in a flat, two-tone style, are lush and enhance readers' understanding of this unique universe. In addition, augmented reality is used in three places. By holding up the page from the book to a webcam, an interactive map appears on the screen. Readers can watch as the landscape where Eva Nine is traveling unfolds. DiTerlizzi is pushing the envelope in his latest work, nearly creating a new format that combines a traditional novel with a graphic novel and with the interactivity of the computer. Yet, beneath this impressive package lies a theme readers will easily relate to: the need to belong, to connect, to figure out one's place in the world. The novel's ending is a stunning shocker that will leave kids frantically awaiting the next installment.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Kirkus Reviews
What's the difference between an absorbing adventure and a disappointing effort? Since it's in the mind of the reader, some may welcome DiTerlizzi's latest with open arms. Others will be frustrated that awkward word choices, inconsistent voice, lengthy descriptions and a heavy-handed environmental agenda obscure the author's usually inventive imagination and squander the appeal of the frankly beautiful, carefully designed illustrations. All of the elements for a fascinating tale are here: the solitary child, Eva Nine, apparently the only human in the world; trusty companions (Eva's robot Muthr, Rovender Kitt, an alien blue creature who is utterly charming but decidedly adult in his concerns and back story, and Otto, an animal who communicates telepathically with Eva); a quest (to search for other signs of human life and discover the meaning of a mysterious scrap of paper); and, of course, a brutish villain, Besteel, who threatens them all with capture and death. Unfortunately, while the sprawling plot offers plenty of action, stilted language distances readers, the final reveal is utterly clichéd and the shameless cliffhanger is more likely to exasperate than entice. (Science fiction. 10-14)
Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
All of her life, twelve-year-old Eva Nine has lived in an underground sanctuary, protected by her robotic parent Muthr (Multi-Utility-Task-Help-Robot) and educated about the unseen surface world by her seemingly all-knowing Omnipod. Although her caretakers tell her she is the only human they know, Eva finds a mysterious clue—a crumbling picture of a girl, a robot, and a man beneath the mysterious word "WondLa"—that gives her hope that she may one day search the surface for others like herself. Unfortunately, that day comes in an unexpectedly violent way when the huntsman Besteel destroys Eva's sanctuary in an attempt to capture her. Fleeing to the surface, Eva is shocked to discover she has been living under an alien world full of giant insects and walking trees that defy anything she was ever taught about Earth. With the help of her Omnipod and her resourcefulness, Eva finds new friends in the blue-skinned wanderer Rovender and giant water bear Otto who tell her she is on a planet known as Orbana. Still hoping to find other humans, Eva, Muthr, and their companions venture into the dangerous and unknown parts of Orbana. But Besteel is still in pursuit, and soon Eva learns about the awe and heartbreak that comes from leaving the safety of home and pursuing a dream. Strongly inspired by fairy tales such as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Search for WondLa will keep its readers guessing until the end about the secret of Orbana and the bittersweet truth behind Eva's WondLa. Actress Terri Hatcher's audio book reading is filled with wonderful character voices, including a spot-on performance of Eva's infuriatingly calm yet loveable Muthr, as well as entertaining portrayals of many alien characters (particularly a whiny alien taxidermist who wants to skin Eva). Hatcher's Eva voice, on the other hand, often sounds too young for a twelve-year-old—although the exchanges between Eva and her surrogate family retain the charm and poignancy of the printed book. Readers who experience the story only though the audio book will also be denied DiTerrlizzi's illustrations of Eva's adventures and will want to check out a hard copy for the amazing artwork (however, like the book, the audio book CDs contain symbols that let readers with webcams access a three-dimensional map of Eva's journey on their computers). Nevertheless, for readers who enjoy good oral storytelling, the audio book version of The Search for WondLa offers both an excellent reading and an evocative science fantasy tale that is just the beginning in a planned trilogy of WondLa books. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416983101
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Series:
Search for WondLa Series , #1
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
199,845
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Tony DiTerlizzi is the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling series The Spiderwick Chronicles. He also illustrated the Caldecott Honor Book The Spider and the Fly and wrote and illlustrated Kenny & the Dragon. He lives with his family in Western Massachusetts. Visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

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The Search for WondLa 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
bassgiraffe More than 1 year ago
WOW, I don't even know where to begin. This book was AMAZING and I'm glad to hear it might be made into a movie. The author is so detailed in this "new" world you feel like you're part of it. Although this is considered a teen fiction I think everyone will love it. The book has so many emotions, you'll feel intense as Eva Nine and her friends try to escape Besteel. You will get sad when something happens to Muthr. You'll feel joy & love many times through out the book while Eva Nine meets some new friends and they help each other in more ways then one. And at the end of the book you'll have an "AH HA" moment when you will see a parallel between this book and another. Sorry I'm being so veg on the book. It truly is an amazing book and I don't want to give too much away. This is one book your won't be disappointed in. I'm happy to know that their will be more books for us to join in and follow Eva Nine and her friends with. I also want to note a cool feature with this book and with the online website. With the book, internet connection and a webcam you can get "WondLa Vision" also known as "Augmented Reality". There are keys in the book that you point to the webcam and you are taken on a interactive trip through a map of planet "Orbona". It took me a bit to figure out how to get it to work but once I did, it made the book come even more to life. ------------------------------- * Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Canada to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.
Holly Reynolds More than 1 year ago
choc full of adventure with unexpected twists and turns and a really awsome ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book sssssssssoooooooo much. I read it under a night even though its only 4oo something pages i kept telling my self that i would go to sleep once i finished a chapter but i couldnt stop reading this amazing action pack suspenceful story of a 12 year girl and her robot mm and other friends I <3 this story
Nuonaton More than 1 year ago
I'm 24 years old. and I would happily rrecomend this wonderfully illustrated and inccredibly well laid out story to anyone who can read! The story takes you right along with the party as they travel and you cannot help but feel the emotions throughout each adventure! This isn't a book, but a way to transport yourself right along with Eva Nine, Muthr and Rovender as the traverse the planet Orbanna! You will be sourprised!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good,amazing descriptions, makes you feel like your actually there. I would recommend this to anyone with a taste of advenutre
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremly good and a must read.
Kamea More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you entertained. It is an excellent read with beautiful art work that it's worth to get the hardcopy to add to your library at home. If you're interested in sci fi books and wether you're a young reader or an adult, this book will keep you up for hours...such a page turner in which I highly recommend. =) I can't wait for the sequel! yay
Zac Soper More than 1 year ago
This book is a great adventure for your imagination a great follow up of the spiderwick chronicals also writen by tony diterilizy
kim-galleria More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first- robot mothers and a human child lost in an alien world. The story grabbed ahold of me and didn't let go. Tony DiTerlizzi's story is of Eva Nine, a little girl desparate to see the AboveGround and find others like herself. Eva's journey begins with disaster when she must escape the only home she has ever known and make her way AboveGround all the while one step ahead of the Besteel. Along the way she does make some friends (think Dorothy , the scarecrow, the lion and the tin man) a cuddly dinosaur-like waterbear and Rovender Kitt(who reminds me alot of JaJa Banks in Star Wars). His illustrations are marvelous and the characters will grow on you. This is a classic story revamped and improved. I have not been able to take advantage of his use of augmented reality video clips but they will appeal to the kids. Can't wait for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read both books and i cant wait for the third! I read the hunger games and it was good but this book is ten times better. The journey you go on with Eva is one you never want to end! Anyone who loves the hunger games should deffinetly read this. No matter who you are you will love this book. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have toooooo read this
LizTea More than 1 year ago
I've never picked up a Tony DiTerlizzi book before, though I watched The Spiderwick Chronicles movie when it came out. I think I'm definitely going to have to pick up that series after reading The Search for Wondla. WondLa is about Eva Nine, a twelve-year-old girl raised by her robot, Muthr, in an underground facility called a Sanctuary. Eva longs for nothing but seeing the surface, and has her dreams thrust upon her one evening when a dangerous huntsman destroys her home. She finds the world strange and dangerous, and unlike anything she has been trained for. I really genuinely enjoyed this book, and it surprised me, as I usually don't read anything from the "juvenile" section. However, I love seeing a good sci-fi novel out there for kids, and I was impressed at how the book didn't "talk down" to it's audience, like a lot of juvenile fiction I've encountered. It also tackles some very adult themes, such as death, slaughter of innocents, and guilt. The pull for this book from the beginning for me was, though, the absolutely stunning artwork! I'm a sucked for books with illustrations, and WondLa definitely did not disappoint in that area. The two-tonal art plates pop up at the beginning of every chapter, with a few smaller ones scattered throughout - some of which are important for things outside the book. The characters were all extremely likable. Eva Nine was a bit of a brat, but a believable one. Mr. DiTerlizzi definitely got the personality of a twelve-year-old girl down to a t. Muthr is a strong presence, though she isn't in the forefront of the story the entire time. Rovender Kitt is the strong, adult personality needed to keep Eva on her path, and Otto the giant water bear is just too cute for words. My only cons for the book was a slow start (though that was just me personally), and one "squick"-worthy scene involving the huntsman, but again, that's just my own personal taste. The cliffhanger ending was absolutely perfect, and has me hungry for more. Fortunately, this is a trilogy, and I cannot wait for the next one to come out! I'm thinking this may even be one I'll buy for myself. (originally posted @ The Tealeaf Review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing. I have the actual book and I love it! Even though its super long with atleast 5 parts to it, it is definently worth the read. I strongly reccomend this book! =D
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
I've been on a big young adult fiction kick lately, and I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations (which are amazing and wonderful) are what drew me in, and I bought the book purely for them. This book was a quick read, but I found it to be very engaging. There could have been more in the character development/backstory area, but I wasn't confused and I didn't feel gypped, just curious. I felt that the adventure moved at a very good pace, and I thought the world was easy to picture. The ending is a huge cliffhanger however, which annoys me, because rather than leave me thinking "Yes, there's more coming", I thought "WHAT? That's the end!?" I hate waiting for other books in the series when the one before ends on a part of the plot that should really be continued. Overally, I really enjoyed this book and the futuristic theme mixed with new breeds of animals that centered around evolutions of familiar underwater life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I 100 percent recommend this book to people who like/ love to read adventure books. There is parts, when at times you may get teary eyed. I know I did! But, I Loved/ am still loving thiis book. ( And plus you can totally tell because I have it 5 stars !) So, what im trying to say is: Read this book! You'll love it as much as I do/ did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every one out there that says this book is boring. Okay where xo i begain. THIS BOOK IS AWSOME. You guys are JERKS. IT'S FUNNY HAS ACTION NOT TO VIOLENT WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT! If it dosen't make sense READ IT AGAIN. Thank you for your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every single part of this book. It was amazingly strange but intresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved both books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this book when i won a award at school and it looked really weird but now that i've read some reviews and figured out mostley what it's about i'm super excited!!!! And so far i've only seen 1 bad review from someone who thought there was too MUCH detail! Like thats possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! GET IT OR YOU'LL REGRET IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it Ioved it Ioved it
PlumPudding More than 1 year ago
First off, I just want to say that Tony DiTerlizzi is a fantastic illustrator with a wonderful imagination. His pictures are absolutely fantastic and beautiful. The creatures he's created are so creative, it's a shame that the story doesn't match. I feel the actual plot (and the ending) is a little bit contrived. It's also pretty predictable as well as very, VERY cliched in some parts. The character arc of Rovee was like any other grumpy character who is "forced" to help the heroine and ends up buddy-buddy at the end. The dialogue also came off as being very awkward, especially with Eva's thoughts. They didn't sound like they could be spoken out loud at all. I understand DiTerlizzi wanted his story to have a more "faerie tale" kind of feeling, but it's all a little too formal to me. More than that, many of the events in the novel just seemed to 'happen' without any real purpose. The characters just went from being in one scenario to the next, one problem to another. It became a little bit redundant after a while. However, the book did have its good points, and during the middle, when Eva Nine was on Solas, the world-building drew me into the story. Overall, this was an okay book, not bad but not particularly engrossing either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wrirtten well and a very interesting plot :)