Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Search for WondLa

Eva Nine has never met any other humans.  She's been raised underground by the robot Muthr, training continually to survive on the surface.  But when she's chased unexpectedly out of her home, what she finds up there doesn't look anything like the simulations...

The Search for WondLa, written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, is the first book in the WondLa trilogy.

This story is a twist on the traditional child-displaced-into-another-world tale in that this child doesn't come from our world any more than the world on the surface.  The goal here isn't to get Eva Nine back home, but to find out if she even has a home in the first place.  She goes through every child's desire to find where they belong, magnified by her thought that she might truly be alone in the world.  But what a world it is.  The settings and characters are richly drawn, both in words and in the fantastical illustrations.  You will definitely want to revisit them in future books.  As a side note, I could not get the interactive online elements to work, but I don't think this will diminish enjoyment.

The Search for WondLa is published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I bought my Advance Readers Copy used with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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