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A Hero for WondLa (The Search for WondLa #2)

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The highly anticipated new novel in the New York Times best-selling The Search for WondLa series.

Before the end of The Search for WondLa, Eva Nine had never seen another human, but after a human boy named Hailey rescues her along with her companions, she couldn’t be happier. Eva thinks she has everything she’s ever dreamed of, especially when Hailey brings her and her fri
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Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published May 1st 2012)
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Oct 24, 2015 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
I just love this series
Kim McGee
May 02, 2012 Kim McGee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a rare thing when the second book wows me the way the first book did but I am happy to say that I am still madly in love with WondLa! Eva Nine and friends old and new have made their way on the ship Bijou to the human colony of New Attica with hopes that Eva will find her WondLa and feel at home. Not to spoil the story I will just say that all is not what she hoped for and Eva continues with guidance from the wise Rovender Kitt ,an alien who is all heart, to search for truth and justice in ...more
J. Else
Jul 19, 2012 J. Else rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very philisophical for a children's book. Its very environmentally oriented, yet it was also an easy enough read for me to devour it in 2 days. No kidding! DiTerlizzi captures readers with his vivid imagination and gorgeous illustrations!

I think this is one of the first books I've read where a 12-year-old girl sounds, acts, gets angry, and thinks like a 12 year old. In so many other stories, the 12 year olds think like adults and perform superhuman actions. This book gives Eva a gr
Vincent Desjardins
“A Hero for WondLa” picks up right where “The Search for WondLa” left off. If you haven’t read “Search…” (and if not, why not?) you will probably find this book a bit on the confusing side. The author makes a lot of references to characters, events and places from the first book but does not do much in the way of recapping. On the other hand, if you read and liked Book one of this eventual trilogy, you’re in for a treat in this imaginative continuation.

Eva, still accompanied by Rovee and the yo
Madeleine - Tei
I bought this book today (Thursday, 5/10/12) at Mr. DiTerlizzi's book signing at Books Inc. Sadly, I'm still grounded from reading until I finish school (my mom's punishments may seem odd at times, but she sure knows what ways to torture me). I keep staring woefully at the cover. Don't tell my mom, but I got in 5 chapters before she came home from my brother's rehearsal. She was not in a good mood from all that bay bridge traffic.


Much more bay area traffic.


After reading the first book and se
Mar 14, 2014 DavidO rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I liked this book so much:

The world building. Despite the story taking entirely in place on Earth, it felt like a completely new world. In the first book of the series we learned there was a biological collapse on Earth which left few things alive. However the bacteria managed to survive, and these have evolved into huge forms which dominate the landscape. There are also a few human survivors, a human city, and several groups of aliens living on the planet.

Pictures. There are about 20 pictu
Feb 22, 2013 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can think of no other way to describe this book (and the one that proceeds it The Search For WondLa) other than to call it fantastical science fiction. The story follows Eva Nine as she explores the world she emerges into from the Sanctuary where she has always lived. It is a world far different from what she was taught to expect, in ways both beautiful and terrifying. The characters are incredibly original, but never to the point of not being easy to relate to or lovable. Also, this book exce ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Betty-Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was SO excited to pick up this book! I had read the first of the series called The Search for WondLa last fall and was eagerly awaiting the sequel. And it did not disappoint! The book continues the story of Eva Nine, the young girl who grew up in Sanctuary 573 with her Muthr (Multi-Utility Task Help Robot 06). When Besteel destroyed their home and they had to survive above ground, Eva Nine was thrown into a world that she was not prepared for. All of the training and tasks that she performed i ...more
Warning: minor spoilers. I give away a small piece of the plot.

I had to put this book on a LOT of "shelves" here at Goodreads! It got 5 stars from me, I listened to it as an audiobook (it had a great reader!), it's sort of fantasy, sort of fiction, sort of middle-grades dystopia, and I'd definitely recommend this series to any and all middle schoolers!

A Hero for WondLa is the second book in the delightful WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi. It's a book for both genders; the main character and poin
May 20, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 being to think the story might be
Terry Costantini
Oct 19, 2012 Terry Costantini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great series. The problem with teen books is that the author often settles for a simplistic story that doesn't satisfy older readers. This is not the case with the Wondla series. The first book hooked me, and the second book extended the story in an ultra-cool way. The ideas are deep and interesting, and the writing and intermittent illustrations are really awesome. I like the series, but I am really sick of trilogies...especially when the next book ISN'T OUT YET. All of my students would ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Duchovney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one book that doesn't suffer from the sophomore slump. It was even better than the first book. And the art work in this series is simply Amazing. I cannot wait for the book to come out so I can see the rest of the artwork.
This is Middle-grade but the story and art is so well done and interesting, I think any age would find themselves caught up in the adventure.

An ARC of this book was given to me for review but did not influence my review in any way.
May 11, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how he does it, but Tony manages to create an entirely new fairy tale. It's got elements of classic style, but fully set in the future and I cannot help but love it.
This is the second in the Wondla trilogy and it's just as woderful as the first book. Though darker, and a bit more fast paced, this book continues the story of Evan Nine very well. I cannot wait til the third book is released!!
Ivy Griffiths
Mar 04, 2016 Ivy Griffiths rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I think the message the author was trying to get across was that Mother Nature rules above all. Though man may title a piece of land and call it his, the land has no owner. Rather, the land, the Earth, owns us. We can do all that we can, but never will we be able to harness the power that nature has. We all must be cleansed of impurity to truly live.
The author used a story of a young girl who is witnessing the effects of a reborn Earth and humankind's response to it
Jan 03, 2013 Lynette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-editions
This is another great book by Tony DiTerlizzi. His mix of adventure, art and life lessons make this a great story for children and adults alike.
Dec 16, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. A great piece of middle grade scifi. So much imagination in the situations and settings which are beautiful illustrated by the author, in a cartoony style in this gorgeously designed book.

It had flavours of both Star Wars and Princess Mononoke with its amoebic aliens and ramshackle spaceships. A few chunks of scifi prose were a little difficult to follow, but admittedly I did not read the first book and so perhaps some information is probably missing for me, because there's quite
Jun 18, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summertime! At last I have read the sequel to Tony Diterlizzi’s science fiction novel, The Search for WondLa and I liked it even more than the first. It brings all that was well done in the first and adds more details to the plot, deepens the history surrounding the story and adds even more depth to the characters. The author continues to grow his wonderful world building. He creates a real sense of danger and menace to this book through the actions and choices the humans Eva Nine at long last, ...more
Bah Humpug
I recently discovered and quickly devoured The Search for Wondla, and had to read A Hero for Wondla right away. The only bad thing I can say is now I have to wait so long for the third book! DiTerlizzi continues the story of Eva Nine as she embarks on a new journey of meeting fellow humans and finding out what happened to Earth. While I was intrigued by the character Eva Nine in the first book, in the second book my love for this character intensified and I feel fully invested in her and Rovee.

Tati Dengo
Absolutely loved it.

DiTerlizzi's WondLa books are the kind that make you forget where you're standing. I wasn't sitting on my bed reading, I was in Orbona (and I quickly learned to read this book behind closed doors lest the illusion abruptly disappear after being interrupted by someone).

The illustrations did not disappoint this time around either. They are just as plentiful and detailed as in the last book. Originally I thought that the blue was a tad too dark, but eventually I realized that
May 26, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At last I have been able to read the long awaited sequel to Tony's compelling science fiction novel, The Search for WondLa.
It starts off where the last story ended. The mysterious human pilot, Hailey Turner (my personal favorite), claims that he has come to take Eva home. Of course good old Rovee joins her on this fantastic and shocking journey. Although Eva finds Hailey occasionally irritable, she is delighted to have finally met another of her kind. From Hailey to his wise grandfather Vanpa, t
Apr 01, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As the epilogue of The Search for WondLa left off on a bit of a cliff-hanger, A Hero for WondLa picks up right away. Instantly, we get to meet the newest character, Hailey, who I simply cannot take seriously due to his name, among other things. We see he's kind of a preoccupied jerk, and then we get to go right back to 'ohmygosh yes yes I want to explore Orbona in an airship!' Alas, that's not how it goes. I would have still read it if that's what it had been.
Aug 21, 2014 78sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-highlights
5 von 5 Sternen
Die Covergestaltung und auch die Illustrationen im Buch sind wieder großartig. Mit keinen anderen Buch, dass ich kenne ist das auch nur ansatzweise zu vergleichen. Tony DiTerlizzi kann wunderbar fantasyreich und detailliert zeichnen und bringt einem somit seine Fantasywelt noch viel näher als andere Autoren dies können. Das Buch an sich ist beige mit matt blauer Schrift, was richtig edel aussieht. Zum Vorgängerband passt es von der Aufmachung her auch und so s
Elizabeth La Lettrice
I realize I don't have a review of the first book in the series: The Search for WondLa as I read the ARC before my Goodreads days... :)

I didn't realize how much I really loved the first book until I got midway through the second. I mean, I must have really liked it if I picked up the second, right? I think I picked up the second more for the fact that a book of this much imagination and uniqueness (I'm referring to the first, of course) does not always get the attention it deserves. Had anyone e
Adam Silvera

In this much-anticipated sequel to The Search for WondLa, Tony DiTerlizzi (the Spiderwick Chronicles) answers many of the lingering questions with futuristic world-building and confident storytelling.

The first book ended with a startling realization: Eva Nine, who believed she was the sole human in a world of aliens, meets another human--a pilot named Hailey, who arrives to "bring [her] back home" from the wilds of Orbona. This sequel p
THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD!! AHHH!! More world building regarding the last humans!! Sad moments and touching moments!!! Hilarious moments and stressful moments!!!! This second installment was on par with the first in terms of enjoyment levels. Maybe not the exact same because the first one was discovering a whole different world and the excitement of that was a new thing. But also in this one we dove deeper into the world of the humans Eva encounters. It had such a good ending too that I can't wait ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
I can't believe that I finished this book in less than two days! Was it the story? or the art? or the thrilling events? I really don't know all that I know is I just could not leave it.
The story starts right after the end of the first book after Muthr got crashed and Basteel got eaten by a sand sniper and a human came and found Eva Nine.
After all this longing for Eva to go to her what she calls WondLa (which is a word she created for home -a place where you belon-) Finally Eva gets
Jun 17, 2012 mandyfujita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book that was second in the trilogy of the Wondla world. Eva 9 and her friend Rovender Kitt have a way to go to the New Attica city where other humans are. Hailey Turner is the pilot of the Bijou who takes them there. Once she gets into the city, she see how everyone is kind of the same. Cadmus Pryde is like the governor of the city who takes care of his flock of followers. Eva 9 adapts well to her every situation. If she was a computer program, she would be the ultimate ar ...more
May 20, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with the first book, and it happened all over again with A Hero for Wondla. The world of Orbona is amazing: a perfect mix of fantasy and futuristic. From the aliens, to New Attica, to Eva Nine herself, I could not put this book down! The artwork was, as in the first book, absolutely fantastic, and pulled me even deeper into the story. Also, there are several very good life lessons in the book, and life lessons are difficult to come by in YA fiction these days. I hope this series g ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was anticipating the sequel for months. Tony Diterlizzi does a great job of painting the picture of alien life forms and futuristic technology. The illustrations are beautiful and really portray the chapter ahead. In the sequal,the characters are deeper and more complex than in the first book. In the first story, although Rovender acts debatably at first, he quickly becomes Eva’s friend. Besteel is immediately shown as a villan. In the second book, however, the lines between “good guys” and “b ...more
Pamela Huxtable
A Hero for WondLa continues the action of the first book, with no break or review. If you have not read the first book, you may find this disconcerting.

A Hero For WondLa is more sophisticated and complicated than The Search for WondLa. Eva Nine's search for a family and her people is over, but her troubles are just beginning. The first human she meets, the pilot Hailey, treats her strangely and then betrays her and her alen friend, Rovender Kitt. Eva meets Eva Eight, her sister, who is an angry
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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 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 creat ...more
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“Your home is where your family is... Where someone waits for you and thinks about you.” 13 likes
“So, Eva Nine, you must sometimes disregard what someone is saying and focus instead on what they are doing. Watch and observe. That is when one reveals his true self.” 10 likes
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