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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: Tony DiTerlizzi's fantastically imaginative new middle grade novel, The Search for WondLa, combines old-fashioned storytelling with a highly original twist. Eva Nine is a curious and sensitive 12-year old, who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva's great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans--she has never met one--and soon meets both friend and foe. DiTerlizzi’s gorgeous black and white illustrations enhance the cinematic quality of his writing, and the book includes augmented reality maps where readers can follow Eva and her friends's travels in 3D. A surprising conclusion to this action-packed story of friendship and belonging will leave readers clamoring for more. --Seira Wilson
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
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It could be a children's book, but for me it was a page turner. I immensely liked to delve into this world and learn about all the wondrous species, tools and characters.Published 1 month ago by Andy Z.
its good so far I met the author and he is really a nice person.Published 3 months ago by Michelle A. Stutzman
An epic science fiction tale.... An absolute rarity in that it is written for children. My 2nd grade daughter (an advanced reader) is normally fixated on dragons and fairies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ebeowulf
Although listed as "middle-years," this story touches on deeper and more meaningful themes than most young adult and adult novels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by coheleth
Pre-read the books before giving them to my daughters to read. Very imaginative and different from most of the books out there for children. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom Bujas
This book was amazing! I loved it I can't wait to read the second one!!!! Well, And the third one also.....Published 5 months ago by S. Cato
My ten year-old son was given this book last Christmas and I stole it when he wasn’t looking, ha!
My review won’t prattle on endlessly, giving a long and detailed synopsis of... Read more
The Search for WondLa is the story of twelve year old Eva Nine, a human girl who spent every second of her life underground in her home called a sanctuary, but has to leave to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Melissa Smith