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The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi

Pub. Date: September 21,2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN-13: 9781416983101


When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-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 word, “WondLa.” Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child’s wish for a place to belong.

Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTerlizzi’s vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine’s world.


From the moment I started reading, I was completely sucked into Eva Nine's world.  I made a few guesses as to what might happen later on while I was reading, and was pleasantly surprised at how things actually turned out.  Eva Nine had lead a very sheltered and protected life, and was completely unprepared for what the world really held in store for her.  The book is a coming of age story for Eva, as instead of trying to go back to the safe and secure world she once knew, she bravely ventures forth, trying to find answers to her questions.

What makes this book even more fun and interesting is the interactive features that are available for it as well.  (Though at this time, since I only have an ARC, I couldn't look at all of them.)  Readers need to have a webcam, and download  D'Vision in order to access the interactive content, but there are also regular maps available.  The website is wondla.com and all you have to do is go to the lower right hand corner and click on the "Click Here for WONDLA-vision" icon, then follow the instructions on the next page.