July 2010 Indie Next List
“Twelve year old Eva Nine has been living underground in her fully automated home with her robot 'Muthr' for her entire life. She's never been outside but has been learning survival skills in the holo-chamber and dreaming of being on the surface and meeting other humans. Due to a monstrous bounty hunter's unexpected visit, she's out on her own much sooner than she had thought--and it's not the world she's been expecting.
There are a lot of fantasy books out there, so many of them that most of the time as you read along, you might occasionally think, 'Oh, isn't that interesting.' But every once in awhile there is that one special book that make you think, 'What?!? How?!? WOAH!' For me, The Search For WondLa is a 'WOAH!' book.”
— Victoria VanZile, Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, MN
New York Times " bestselling phenomenon Tony DiTerlizzi begins a new fantastical series."
In this first of a trilogy, Eva9, an eleven-year-old girl, has been raised in isolation on what appears to be an alien world. When her underground sanctuary is destroyed, she sets out on a journey to discover the truth of her origins and the planet she is learning to call home. Written with Tony DiTerlizzi's penchant for the weird, "The Search for WondLa" pays homage to classic literature as it chronicles one girl's exploration of a world that is both foreign and familiar.
About the Author
Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times "bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon and Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure", Adventure of Meno" (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly" (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon" and The Search for WondLa", Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.