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A Hero For WondLa

(The Search for WondLa #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  4,867 ratings  ·  507 reviews
Eva Nine has finally found what she has always been looking for; other human beings. Having been rescued by Hailey, Eva couldn't be happier, and now Hailey is taking Eva and her friends to the human colony New Attica, where humans of all shapes and sizes live in apparent peace and harmony. But all is not as idyllic as it seems. ...more
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (first published May 1st 2012)
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Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
I just love this series
J. Else
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
I was skeptical about the book in the beginning. I really had no clue where it was going to go or what the book was going to be about after the first one, so it took me a little while to get in to it. But honestly this book is such a quick read. It captivates you and you find yourself reading over a 100 pages without even realizing, and not wanting to stop. The illustrations are amazing. Overall I really enjoyed this book, even more than I enjoyed the first one.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Another great installment in this series. This really deserves a lot more attention. Review to come.
Kim McGee
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Madeline O'Rourke
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unhauled
As much as Second Book Syndrome is definitely a common thing, one thing I value about second books is how they expand the world of the series, and A Hero for WondLa is no different.

I'm so into this world DiTerlizzi has created. I don't want to get spoilery, but it's interesting and unique; I love the premise of how the world came to be; I love the creatures; I love the interactions between the world and its denizens. Really, I don't think this series' plot is anything special and it's trajectory
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The reason behind the low rating is mostly that it took me almost 2 months to read it. If it takes me more than a month to read a book something about it must be bad. I just didn't get into it and I never wanted to sit down and read because I wasn't interested in what would happen. However, I believe that I would have enjoyed it more if I read it another time because I don't think I was in the right mood for this now.

I love many things about this, the illustrations, the universe and the "creatu
Natalya Kahmann
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I would have liked this better if I didn’t listen to the audiobook. :( The narrator wasn’t very good...

Otherwise, a wonderful story. Can’t wait to finish the series.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Sedai of the Brown Ajah
>Originally read May 27 ~ June 2, 2012. 5*
>Re-read October 3, 2013 - December 8, 2013. 5*

In the end, (view spoiler)

I really, really wish book 3 was out now! Having reread books 1 & 2 this year, I realized this is truly some of the best I have ever read. The artwork is amazing and really lends itself to the story. So p
Terry Costantini
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love the world that Tony has created. there was never a dull moment for me while reading this.( I read it in one day).
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kaytee Capelin
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I just love this series.
Claudia Sanchez

"The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition"- Carl Sagan

I am amazed by the greatness of this book. I just. I thought it was awesome!
I must admit I was not the happiest of campers going back into this world. The truth is, I had a hard time reading the first book in the series. I liked it, but I wasn't amazed. However, this one had all the things I love most about every book I read. Complex relationships, moral questions, traveling to places, weird but awesome wildli
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I think I enjoyed the first book slightly more...

“Your home is where your family is... Where someone waits for you and thinks about you.”

The boy pilot of a battered airship flies 12-year-old Eva Nine to the human city, new Attica. Eva is certain that this will be the perfect start to a new life with her good friend, the Caerulean alien named Rovendar Kitt, especially after the tragic loss of her robotic caretaker, Muther. However like many things on planet Orbona, appearances can be deceiving.

Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eva embodies values that are of high import in our world, which constitutes of love for other beings regardless of their shape, species, etc. She represents what is missing in our world, which is the indiscriminate compassion dedicated to the natural state of the planet and the harmony between and alignments of human souls and the humming energy of nature around us. Eva's peculiar transcendent gift, her ability to tap into the spirit of different entities, is not derived from anything magical or ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
while the first book was about family, this book is about friends and the importance of them. the book starts off right where the first book ends. Even though Eve 9 still loves her family and would do anything to get them back she has accepted that they are never coming back. she now seeks a new family and through out her jouney to save wondla she becomes closer to her friends. she has never trusted them this much before. thats what makes this book so ingaging. not only does she want to save Won ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-books-owned
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Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good second book in the series. I didn't particularly like Hailey or Eva Eight and the plot kind of surprised me but it was a quick and enjoyable read! Looking forward to reading the final book in this trilogy! ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It was a really fun book.
Elizabeth La Lettrice
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating children’s books for twenty years. From fanciful picture books like The Broken Ornament and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade ser ...more

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