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The Search for WondLa (WondLa #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,693 Ratings  ·  1,183 Reviews
When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the 12-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 wo ...more
Audio CD, Unabridged, 9 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published September 21st 2009)
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Sep 13, 2015 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read

Lovely and wonderful!
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book makes me wish I could draw. From the co-creator of Spiderwick Chronicles, The Search for Wondla is a fabulous cross between sci fi and fantasy. A young girl, raised in an underground bunker by a motherly robot, is suddenly forced to the surface and finds that the world is radically changed -- if it's even the planet she thought it was. The story is fascinating by itself, but the illustrations add a whole new dimension to the adventure. Highly recommended.
Shannon Messenger
I had high expectations after all the gushing I heard from the peeps at S&S when I picked up this ARC--not to mention I'd flipped through the book and seen some of the fabulous illustrations--and the book definitely lived up to everything I'd hoped for.

Eva Nine is a wonderful character. Stubborn and vulnerable and smart and sweet and real. I could feel her fear and her loneliness, her wonder and confusion. And the world! I don't know where Tony gets his imagination from, but I want to borrow
Eva Nueve es una niña de doce años que siempre ha vivido en un refugio subterráneo, con la única compañía de Madr, una robot a cargo de su crianza. La pequeña pasa sus días estudiando el mundo exterior y cómo sobrevivir en la naturaleza, para ello cuenta con sofisticadas simuladores y aparatos tecnológicos.
Cuando se ve obligada, por un incidente, a salir al exterior descubre que el mundo no es la misma Tierra que ella ha estudiado y deberá adaptarse a este extraño terreno hostil en su búsqueda
Oh. My. God. I don't even have the words to describe this WondLa-ful book! This book is steeped in emotion of being alone in the world, adventure, and friendship. This is like a soup, its ingredients include; a teaspoon of The Wizard of Oz, a drop of Treasure Planet, and a dash of Avatar (with the whole nature thing, and of course Rovee being a blue creature). Oh, and a bit of Journey to the Center of the Earth for good measure.

The plot is completely original, well done to Tony's imagination! An
Mar 24, 2011 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take a little bit of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland”, toss in some “Star Wars” and “Planet of the Apes”, mix well by a talented writer and you’ll have an idea of this book. From the fantastic mind of Tony DiTerlizzi, creator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, this is the first of a three part series.

The story concerns a twelve-year-old girl, Eva Nine, who has been raised in an underground sanctuary by a robot named Muthr. When a vicious hunter destroys the sanctuary in search of Eva, she
Mar 15, 2010 Betsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One Sentence Review: I don't think anyone's going to argue that the art is fantastic here, but the story just can't seem to catch up to the premise.
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Ay, no sé, no sé... este libro no me terminó de convencer. Creo que lo sentí demasiado infantil y demasiado lento, como que realmente no pasaba mucho y pasaban páginas y páginas y... en fin.

En Busca de WondLa cuenta la historia de Eva Nueve, una chica pequeña que ha vivido toda su vida bajo tierra con la única compañía de Madr, una robot encargada de su bienestar. Eva nunca ha conocido a otro humano, pues aparentemente están viviendo en un futuro en el que todo ha cambiado. Madr y Eva saben que
Let me begin by encouraging anyone who is thinking about downloading the e-book edition of this story to go out and buy the real thing. In hardback. Trust me, it's worth it. A book this beautiful is meant to be printed and bound for art-enthusiasts and sci-fi/fantasy nerds everywhere to drool over.

Secondly, I'd like to congratulate DiTerlizzi on producing such a brilliant, original children's story. Not only is each chapter of this book beautifully illustrated by the author, the story itself suc
C.S. Einfeld
WondLa = Wonderful?

Meh, not so much.

I had a really hard time rating this book about Eva Nine, possibly the last human girl alive in an alien world.

There were a lot of things I really enjoyed about The Search For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi: the main character, Eva, is very engaging, as is her "Muther" robot and many of the creatures she meets on her quest to find other humans and to escape the evil huntsman, Beesteel.

The story started as strong as any I've ever read. I recall--explicitly--sayi
Sep 19, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of my favourite books! I loved the whole fairy tale story going with it and I think they should make a second one! It was amazing and had little grammar errors. I enjoyed this book because I love to read fairy tales so I think that those who enjoy fairy tales would enjoy this book. I recommened this book for those who like adventure and fairy tales.
Rating: 7.5/10
Parental Rating: PG
***may contain a minor spoiler without revealing any plot information***
My 8 year old and I really enjoyed reading this book combined the elements of science fiction that I like; being plunked down in a completely different realm and trying to figure it out with the character, some clues and connection to biology and astronomy. This is good dystopian fiction for those who may find the genre dark, or for younger kids who might be interested in the genre but not ready for the YA/Adul
Jul 28, 2012 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked more consistency throughout this story. I think the concept is wonderful, though perhaps a bit reminiscent of "Planet of the Apes", and the environment is imaginative and fun. It would be a fantastic romp for 8-13 year-olds.
Personally, however, I was disappointed by the shifting nature of both Eva Nine's and MUTHR's characters and not in a way that showed they were growing and becoming new people. Rather, I felt they had multiple personalities and I never knew which one I'd be
Tengo sentimientos encontrados con éste libro y no estaba muy seguro de cuantas estrellas ponerle. La primera mitad del libro se me hizo medio aburrida, pero la parte final me pareció buena.

Lo que no me gustó:
- Como es un libro de fantasía/ciencia ficción a veces es muy difícil imaginarte lo que el autor te esta describiendo.
-Tiene muchas descripciones.
-En algunas partes esta aburrido.

Lo que me gustó:
-Las ilustraciones están HERMOSAS. Me gustaron mucho. Te dan una idea del mundo de Orbona.
-La pa
Madeline Smoot
Nov 03, 2010 Madeline Smoot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Eva Nine has never ventured out of her underground Sanctuary where she lives alone with her robot caretaker, Muthr. When she is finally forced out of her home by a strange sentient life form unlike anything in her Sanctuary’s database, she discovers that the world she live on is unlike the one she had expected. Instead of Earth trees and animals, she is faced with the dangerous creatures and aliens of Orbana. Hunted by one of the aliens while befriended by others, Eva sets out from her destroyed ...more
Wow! Who knew Tony DeTerlizzi could pull off a sci-fi...!
It looked interesting enough sitting on a shelf at Barnes & Noble, but I don't read sci-fi; definitely not my main genre of interest. However, the illustrations are beautiful enough to make anyone want to read it.
Man, I am so glad I did. I almost stopped and left it in the middle, but the adventure the characters are experiencing keeps the fascination up, and the writing, though fairly simple, doesn't lag. The characters in general are
Aug 17, 2011 Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would have to be the absolute best book I have ever read, and that's saying something because I have been reading books since I was two years old. This is a wonderful, spellbinding, and creative novel written by the author of the Spiderwick Chronicles. The book takes place in the future, and it is about a 12 year old girl named Eva Nine, who has lived in an underground sanctuary her whole life, never having seen another human being, with only her protective robot guardian, M.U.T.H.R.(That s ...more
Vincent Desjardins
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Feb 28, 2012 Kaethe marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Last night's trip I tried to collect things that would make for good read-alouds. We've been on hiatus since A Christmas Carol, but apparently the kids think it is time to resume. I missed it too.

Eva does something astoundingly dumb and then she encounters an oracle. I'm tired of prophecies, too tired to see if Eva realizes and regrets her stupidity.

Library copy.
Jubilation Lee
Guys, this book was fantastic. The illustrations were brilliant, the characters were PERFECT, and the little geek girl inside of me was in throes of delight for pretty much the entire story. Because seriously. Robots? Giant pill bugs? Adorable heroines with super-enviable hair? What's not to love?!

I'd have given it five stars if it wasn't for the way that the downloadable "WondLa-Vision" caused my computer to crash.
Michelle  (The Crazy Cat Lady)
I first read Search for Wondla nearly a year before my gullbladder (that almost killed me along with a bleeding ulcer) operation, when my fibro combined with all my other problems was making me particularly miserable, and I had yet to be diagnosed. Books are always more special to me when read during a difficult period in my life, and I'll always hold this series dear.
Yelania Nightwalker
Eva Nueve y Madr viven en un refugio bajo tierra, ahí le enseña a Eva las técnicas de supervivencia que necesitará el día que vaya a la superficie, por más que ella entrene, siempre hay algo que le sale mal y tiene que comenzar de nuevo con su entrenamiento. Sin embargo, Eva se ve obligada a abandonar el Santuario el día que es atacado. Y lo hace sola y sin la preparación adecuada. En ese momento sólo le queda buscar el Santuario más cercano, pero primero debe deshacerse de quien le viene siguie ...more
May 25, 2014 Millenia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mg, sci-fi, dystopian
2.5 stars

The WondLa books are so lovingly printed and bound, it's a pure joy to hold them. Endpapers have white-on-navy pictures of alien constellations; the table of contents area is beautifully laid-out, with an intruiguing alien landscape behind it; even the quotes at the beginning are laid out in colorful ink. There is even a map of the world and and alien alphabet, two lovely gifts for fans.

The artistry of production extends to the illustrations; wildly imaginative pictures of aliens, drawn
Reader the Fish
Oct 26, 2012 Reader the Fish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if you learned that you are the only human living in the world? Your mother is a robot, and you've never left your peaceful sanctuary, and never seen the sun before. Until some unknown creature invades you house and you need to escape? Well, this is exactly what happened to Eva Nine, and her Muthur. Eva and her Muthur must escape from the invader, Besteel to kidnap her and take her somewhere. Escaping her sanctuary, there she meets a blue, indigo eyed creature with cat-fish-like whiskers. H ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I have read a Children's book that I have been this excited about! Tony DiTerlizzi also wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles. I've been reading it aloud to my children every night and it works for ages 2.5-10. The illustrations are beautiful and there are so many illustrations in it that my little ones enjoy it and can follow along too. The story weaves a fairytale about a girl that has been raised by her Muthr Robot underground and when she emerges it's not like anything ...more
Story Title: 1/5 (Try saying "WondLa"... just try it... everyone I encountered who tried to read the cover or spine tripped over this word, it's not that it's difficult... just annoying.)
Plot: 4/5
Characters: 2/5
Ending: 4/5

Eva has lived her entire life underground with her robot, Muthr. While running through countless tests to prepare her for the world above, it becomes all Eva can think about... being outside. One day, she gets her wish... but not in the way she had hoped. A Hunter atta
Dec 31, 2012 Liyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a sci-fi, fantasy-driven world with an in-depth human emotion of a young girl wanting to belong somewhere. I really enjoyed this book and took my time not to rush the pages, because it's THAT good.

What captured me was the title 'WondLa' which sounded like a wondrous place. I kind of had a hint at what it actually means but as the story came to an end, it brought a whole new definition to me; a very clever twist by the author (of course I wouldn't spoil it here). The story starts with a 12 y
Connor Grummer
Feb 26, 2013 Connor Grummer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Why I read this: C'mon - it's Tony DiTerlizzi! Why wouldn't I read it???

Plot: A mix almost of the Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland, but set in the future on a planet far away. I can't even describe it right - but it was great. Full of adventure and discovery!

Characters: Eva is a curious girl and I would be too if I had grown up stuck indoors, only learning about the outside and never seeing it for myself. I definitely love her sense of adventure and her courageous heart.

Muthr is a great ch
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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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