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The Search for WondLa

by Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | April 24, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Search for WondLa is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: April 24, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416983112

ISBN - 13: 9781416983118

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Enoyable Read. Not an original story, but a beautifully told and illustrated story. As a matter of fact the telling makes it all new. Sci-fi/Fantasy world building excellence, with well fleshed out, living characters.
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What An Adventure! I have to admit, I know the saying is "Don't judge a book by its cover." but did exactly that. After seeing the beautiful and intriguing artwork on the cover of this new story by Tony DiTerlizzi I was hooked, and now, after having finished the book, I find myself both happy and wanting more. I certainly loved this story of adventure and discovery. Of course, the artwork is as breathtaking as it is mysterious - almost haunting in it's other-worldliness - but the story is excellent too. It has action, adversity, questions (and answers that lead to more questions), emotional highs and lows, and throughout it all a deep and gripping sense of discovery and exploration. I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and energizing read!
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review The story is set is a futuristic world where a human girl, Eva Nine, who has spent her entire life in an underground Sanctuary and is forced to flee after a hunter destroys her home. She’s never been above ground before and everything she’s learned about the world outside turns out to be inaccurate. Eva Nine believes the planet she is on is Earth but it turns out to be a planet called Orbona. As she learns more about this new world she must flee from the hunter who is still after her and search for other humans who can help her. Being a twelve year old and stuck underground your whole life, of course Eva Nine would be curious about the world outside and everything it has to offer. And having never met another human being before she’s very eager to find someone like her and get some answers. I loved Mutur—even though she’s a robot. She has genuine feelings for Eva Nine and cares for her like a mother would. Rovender is very wise and knowledgeable. He’s one of the indigenous species of Orbona so he knows Orbona’s history and about all the different plant and life forms that inhabit Orbona. I found the story to be slow moving at times and by the end, there are still a lot of questions and not enough answers. Something big happens right at the end which really got me excited but I guess I’ll have to wait for the next book to find out what happens. This is a book geared more towards to tweens and is a sci-fi adventure story that will appeal to both boys and girls.
Date published: 2010-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun YA/Sci-Fi This book represents to my mind a seamless blend of Children’s Fantasy with Science Fiction. DiTerlizzi leans heavily on predecessors in the genre such as the 'Wizard of Oz', 'Alice in Wonderland' and even the 'Star Wars' franchise, among others. The not-so-subtle nod at the end was well done. Overall there was more things I liked about this book than didn’t, although at times the pacing felt a little slow. I particularly liked the Muthr robot and the omnipod; the art work was particularly strong especially of the science fiction elements. I’m interested to see what DiTerlizzi does with the sequel.
Date published: 2010-10-31

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The Search for WondLa

by Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: April 24, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416983112

ISBN - 13: 9781416983118

About the Book

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, for 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." 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.

Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTerlizzi's vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine's world.

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CHAPTER 1: ALONE Eva Nine was dying. The tiny scarlet dots on her hand mirrored the glowering eyes of the snake that had just bitten her. Sitting down on the prickly ground of dead brown pine needles and small cones, she felt the curdled coil of nausea wind its way up her throat from her stomach. She dropped the sweaty handful of moss that she had scooped up from the forest floor. “Kindling,” her Omnipod had instructed her earlier in its chirpy voice. “Find a flammable substance such as dry twigs or moss to begin your fire.” The large gathering of boulders Eva had found had seemed like the perfect place to make a shelter for the night, and the surrounding area was blanketed in ashen puff-patches of reindeer moss. As she had knelt down to gather a clump, Eva had realized there was a rust-colored, mottled snake just next to her, sunning itself in the fading light. She’d realized too late, though, to avoid its bite. Now, with trembling hands, she fumbled through her dingy satchel to retrieve her Omnipod. The handheld metallic device was flat, like a magnifying glass, with a small circular hole in the middle of it that resembled an eye. Eva’s heart pounded, as if trying to escape her chest. She swallowed, interrupting the hectic meter of her breathing. The shoulder patch on her tunic blinked off and on in warning. “This is Eva Nine,” she whispered into the Omnipod. “Initiate I-M … um, I-M …” Eva closed her
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Appropriate for ages: 10

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