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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony DiTerlizzi Narrator: Teri Hatcher Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The WondLa Trilogy Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781442334304
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “A surprising conclusion to this action-packed story of friendship and belonging will leave readers clamoring for more.”  

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The novel’s ending is a stunning shocker that will leave kids frantically awaiting the next installment.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “I was knocked out by Tony DiTerlizzi’s novel.” 

    Joan Kindig, Associate Professor at James Madison University 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian | 2/18/2014

    " This is one of the best middle readers (9 to 12) books I've read in a while. I love the illustrations. In a way it felt like I was reading the movie Spirited Away, which is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/5/2014

    " My genre of a book--sci-fi. This book was great until the very end, which I thought was just so so. I thought the explanation for where WondLa comes from was kind of lame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary Sierpinski | 2/3/2014

    " An imaginative, adventurous book. Mr. DiTerlizzi's captivating illustrations makes it a feast for the eyes. I needed more character development and never felt completely pulled into the world, though it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Gooding | 1/29/2014

    " Came across this in Salem Church Library. I needed a book for a young girl I tutor and it had to be 400 or more pages (not normally the best way to search for a book). This book is a winner! Parents and I AND the student really enjoyed it. It's fantasy, adventure, mystery - all wrapped together in a great package! Two things that grabbed me about this book: first, the characters are very strange and different; second, the author uses wonderful vocabulary. There were words to look up and long, 4-syllable words with which to practice spelling. Regarding the plot, a young girl is searching for other humans while being chased by strange, menacing creatures. She's aided by an Omnipod, similar to today's IPhone, but better. It displays 3D holograms. The author has provided intriguing, two-page green and gray illustrations at the beginning of each of the 42 chapters. He also uses a special "key" to open an interactive 3D map, for those who have access to a computer with webcam. This book is the first of a three-volume series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/18/2014

    " Part fairy tale, part sci-fi odyssey, this is a fun, innocent and whimsical story. I don't usually go in for stories like this that seem so fantasy laden, but it managed to be entertaining and addictive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Kromer | 1/14/2014

    " Good story, well-suited for a younger audience. Perhaps a read-along for younger children or a good chapter book (albeit a long one) for about 9- to 12-year-olds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 1/7/2014

    " A sweet story, a good adventure book for upper elementary school kids. Touches lightly on the mysteries of life. Beautiful illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aqeel | 11/6/2013

    " A very imaginitive book, but the worst thing about "The Search For WondLa" it gets a little boring sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 8/3/2013

    " I loved this book, though it is more of a teenager book. I think that it was done very well and I LOVE Tony DiTerlizzi's art work. This book is full of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MLE | 5/14/2013

    " A wonderful story, and an amazing adventure. The artwork worked really well with the story, and I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/9/2013

    " Not a big fan of the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 12/17/2012

    " Very different, imaginative, & creative! I didn't know what to expect, but I'm so glad I gave this a chance. Can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur Gibson | 11/28/2012

    " I thought this was a delightful story. Kind of telegraphs part of the "discovery" she makes in the end, but other aspects of what she discovers I NEVER would have guessed. Rich world, good characters, and lots of action. Looking forward to more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ComWa | 10/15/2012

    " Good, a bit long with the story, the plot lags, but good. Look forward to reading the other two in the trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 8/13/2012

    " YAY BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/28/2012

    " Better than Spiderwick. Both my 9 and 6 year old liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay R 3 | 8/18/2011

    " Has very interesting characters and had a different kind of view of things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Foust | 7/12/2011

    " hands down, the BEST book I have ever read with my daughter. Exceptional work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick | 5/25/2011

    " Had hoped this was the type of children's book that also appeals to adults, but it isn't. Simplistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/17/2011

    " I think what I loved best were the illustrations. As usual, DiTerlizzi is a wonderful artist and has the most creative characters. And I really wish I had Eva 9's hair! I tried to use the interactive map with WondlaVision on the website, but it didn't work on my computer :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 5/12/2011

    " this book is awesome, i loved Eva Nine's hair! I hope that there will be a sequel. At Solas, when Eva asked Queen Ojo to free her, i thought that the queen would let her go and end up being a nice person who helped Eva on her journey, but it turns out Queen Ojo didn't care about Eva Nine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/12/2011

    " I wish I had read the book as opposed to listening to the audio. I adore Teri Hatcher, but her narration of this story is just plain awful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate (A Reader's Review) | 5/11/2011

    " I loved this cute tale about a young girl's search for her identity in a world so different from what she had known as Home, and the illustrations were great as well! I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marley | 5/10/2011

    " this was a very exciting book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 5/9/2011

    " I could never get into any other DiTerlizzi books, but this one was just crazy enough to drag me in. Such a cliffhanger ending, I have a feeling that everything I was hoping to learn in this first installment will be revealed in the next... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 5/4/2011

    " Part of the problem is that we listened to this book on tape and the main character came off as whiny more than anything else. The plot was interesting enough, but the conclusion was not very exciting and rather predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/3/2011

    " Echoes of Alexander Key and Zardoz for me -- honestly lots of fun for young science fiction fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 4/24/2011

    " Awesome book! I saw this as a game on my computer, months before it came to my school library. And when I saw the book sitting on a display, I freaked out. This book is awesome, and I'm craving the next book! PUBLISH IT TONY! AND QUICK BEFORE I DIE OF LONELINESS! <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 4/12/2011

    " Good story - annoyed with the ending, though. Thought that the illustrations looked a bit Star Wars-esque. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 4/9/2011

    " One of the most well-written Children's stories I've read in a while. "

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About the Author
Author Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi is the author of The Search for WondLa and A Hero for WondLa. He is also the cocreator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, as well as the Zena Sutherland Award–winning Ted. His cinematicd version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and the Fly earned him another Zena Sutherland Award and a Caldecott Honor. DiTerlizzi’s art has also appeared on the covers of books by well-known fantasy authors like Peter S. Beagle, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Greg Bear. His first chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. Currently, he divides his time between Massachusetts and Jupiter, Florida.

About the Narrator

Teri Hatcher is the winner of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for best actress in a comedy for her portrayal of Susan Mayer on the hit TV show Desperate Housewives. The Emmy–nominated actress also starred as Lois Lane in the TV series Lois & Clark, and has appeared in many feature films, including Spy Kids, Tomorrow Never Dies, Soapdish, and Two Days in the Valley. A California native, she lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Emerson Rose.