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A Hero for WondLa (The Search for WondLa) Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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"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
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But all is not idyllic in New Attica, and Eva Nine soon realizes that something sinister is going on and if she doesn't stop it, it could mean the end of everything and everyone on planet Orbona. Three illustrations trigger a 3-D Augmented Reality flying game that mimics action in the novel.
Featuring an abundance of lavish two-color illustrations and spot art throughout and introducing a host of remarkable characters that reinforce the importance of friendship, A Hero for WondLa has all the hallmarks of a classic book of the future.
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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.
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 ...
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.Read more ›
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.
I was excited to see the other humans and their city, but found that while that part was interesting, the best part of the story was Eva's development and growth. While The Search for WondLa introduced us to this strange new world and characters, A Hero for WondLa shows the growth and development of a true hero.
DiTerlizzi does a great job of exploring the characters and their environments, and introduces us to some new elements along the way. Once again, the story is accompanied by wonderful illustrations (blue-tinged this time) that help to carry the narrative forward.
A Hero for WondLa definitely answers a lot of questions that were left unanswered in The Search for WondLa, but leaves us with enough mystery and a slight cliffhanger to leave us wanting more. I think that the WondLa books are ones I'll return to again and again in the future, and will recommend them to my friends and family. I can't wait for the next book, and yet at the same time I'm dreading an end to this wonderful series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It came in great condition. It had library stickers still on it, but they are easy to remove. The book is a great read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful series ! My son read all three books and he loved them.Published 6 months ago by Ioana S. Moisa
My daughter & I love all of the Wondla books. Great read for youth & adult.Published 8 months ago by Right Hand
This book was great. I love all the imagination and excitement plus it makes you wonder what the future will be like.Published 8 months ago by Rachelle Stiger
when you started with this trilogy then you must (i mean: must) read this one, too. It's better than volume 2 and i really liked the ending. There's also some surprise there.Published 8 months ago by Andy Z.
The disclaimer here is this is a YA book. So happens, I like some of the YA titles and so I picked up on this series in spite of what I feel to be a so-so title. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael C. Dixon