The Search for WondLa

Hardcover | September 21, 2010

byTony DiTerlizziIllustratorTony DiTerlizzi

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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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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, a...

Author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi was born in Los Angeles, California in 1969. He received a degree in graphic design from the Florida School of the Arts and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1992. He spent six years working as a freelancer for TSR, the publisher of Dungeons and Dragons. His first picture book, Jimmy Zangwow...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.7 inPublished:September 21, 2010Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416983104

ISBN - 13:9781416983101

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