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The Search for WondLa
by Tony DiTerlizzi
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 760L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2010
NO. PAGES: 496
GENRE{S}: Science Fiction, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: WondLa
ISBN: 1416983104
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
The Search for WondLa—Book Review

Twelve-year-old Eva Nine--who has spent her entire life in an underground sanctuary with her caretaker robot Muthr--has always longed to explore the outside world. But when the sanctuary she calls home is attacked and destroyed by an alien creature, Eva realizes that maybe she isn't quite ready. The only proof she has that she is not alone on this strange planet is her prized possession--a small photograph of a girl, an adult, and a robot with the word "WondLa." Soon Eva learns that she is more resourceful than she ever imagined as she embarks upon an amazing journey in search of other humans.
The Scoop
The Search for WondLa—Book Review
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This is the first installment in a new trilogy by one of the authors of the popular Spiderwick Chronicles. With beautiful illustrations, The Search for WondLa features a resourceful heroine who becomes increasingly more confident in her own competence outside the shelter of the sanctuary she called home for twelve years. The story offers a subtle message about questioning the omnipotence of computers. Eva learns that computers and humans alike need to continually "reprogram" themselves to adjust to new situations and challenges. There is some mild fantasy violence and Eva is repeatedly attacked by an alien huntsman, who kills and butchers animals in front of her. The huntsman supplies hundreds of animals for the Queen, who has them preserved and displayed in a museum. Muthr is broken beyond repair, and although she was not human, Eva grieves the loss of the robot who loved and raised her. Readers can go online to play WondLa-themed games, and for those with a webcam, the book has a feature called Augmented Reality, which brings Eva Nine's world to life.
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