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A Hero for WondLa (The Search for WondLa) Hardcover – May 8, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Search for WondLa (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1ST edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416983120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416983125
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Inventive...should please fans of the first volume."--Kirkus Reviews

"Much of the characterization, plot, and copious illustrations are reminiscent of the Oz books." (VOYA)

"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

About the Author

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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THE FANTASTIC WORLDS OF TONY DITERLIZZI

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like "Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure", "Ted" and "The Spider & The Fly" (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like "Kenny and The Dragon" and the WondLa trilogy, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination.

With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries.

In 2014, he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie.

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It's a great adventure and story.
PE Teacher03
If you listened to, or read, The Search for WondLa and enjoyed it, then I know you will enjoy this one even more.
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I highly recommend this books to all readers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Avk on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Another masterpiece from Tony Diterlizzi.
Thrilling plot and wonderful illustration, this is my favorite book now.
English is not my native language, but this book so interesting that I use it to improve my reading skills.
I'm looking forward the continue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DM Trout on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was a definitely fan of the first book in this series, but A Hero for Wondla takes it to a whole new place. At one level, it's just a darn good read. There is also another level of subtext that speaks to profoundly important ideas of power, corruption, xenophobia, and self-empowerment. This level will be readily appreciated by the adult reader, but will also serve to start the younger reading thinking about issues that are as important to us today as they have ever been. Terrific work, Mr. DiTerlizzi!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eva Nine and Rovender have been found by a human boy named Hailey, the other human Eva has ever seen. When Hailey takes them to New Attica, a human colony, Eva thinks she's finally going home. But New Attica isn't the utopia that it pretends to be. Eva soon learns that strict rules are in place, and the ruler of New Attica is keeping many secrets from the rest of the humans. Secrets he will do anything to protect.

Following Eva Nine's adventures in The Search for WondLa, Eva has done a lot of maturing and has become a strong and confident young teenager. We come to find out that DiTerlizzi's imaginative, futuristic world called Orbona is actually Earth many years in the future. Orbona is going through a rebirth of life with fantastic creatures and plant life. The imaginations of children and adults alike will find inspiration in the brilliant story of WondLa.

All of the wonder and adventure is back with a new fast-paced, heart-warming story of friendship, bravery, and forgiveness. Full of mystery, suspense, humor, and drama along with original creatures and complex characters - this series is sure to become a young reader classic. I fell in love with several of the characters, was completely caught up in the story, and was constantly amazed by the creative setting. DiTerlizzi's numerous illustrations are once again incredibly beautiful and vivid - giving life to his imagination with the vibrant characters and alien landscapes. I highly recommend this science fiction/fairy tale-like series to readers of all ages. Don't' miss it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Baggenstos on July 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A Hero for WondLa is an absolutely fantastic sequel.

First, a warning. If you're afraid of Sequel Change (in which major things change in the sequel such as characters, setting, etc.) then brace yourself, but don't let it completely turn you away. There's definitely a lot of change in A Hero, but it's a fascinating change. In the first book much of the time was spent outside exploring the alien wilderness, and while there's still a bit of that in A Hero, a good chunk of the story takes place in the human city. So instead of wilderness we get to see more crazy technology, which I loved.

Rovee and Eva are back and they join up with a whole new host of characters. I don't want to spoil anything by talking about the new characters, so I'll focus on Eva. I love how Eva goes from this completely naïve and lost child to a knowledgeable, loving girl with a big heart. You'd think that since she went through that major change in book one that there's not really any room left for her to grow, but A Hero proves that thinking wrong. She continues to grow and become more brave and willing to risk her life to save those that she loves.

One of the things I really love about the WondLa books is that DiTerlizzi isn't afraid to do what needs to be done to make these books fantastic. If someone has to give their life for the good of the story, it gets done. I feel like that's something you don't often see in middle grade (which is also fine) and I appreciate that it happens here. Although, I have to say that I felt one of the deaths in A Hero wasn't quite necessary. I mean, the guy had only been in the story for a short while before he had to sacrifice himself.

The Nutshell: A Hero for WondLa is a great sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Holtsberry on May 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This second book brings all that was well done about the first and adds in more details and more depth to the characters. DiTerlizzi continues his wonderful world building and adds in a real sense of danger and menace to this book in the form of the humans Eva Nine finally meets.

Like all good world builders, DiTerlizzi has created a world filled with interesting creatures and cultures that seem to have ancient and complex histories behind them. And just when you begin to think the story might be simple he adds in a twist or a layer of complexity. And yet there is a simplicity and beauty to the story that makes it a real joy to read.

For those who read the first book this is an obvious must read. If you haven't yet read WondLa I highly recommend it before starting the second book.

The only problem? Now the wait for the third book begins ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PE Teacher03 on May 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book will answer a lot from the first book.
You find out about Eva's past, where the Humans are on earth. What happened to earth. Who her parents are and she even finds a relative. It's a great adventure and story.
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