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andlt;bandgt;andlt;bandgt;CHAPTER 1: ALONEandlt;/bandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Eva Nine was dying. The tiny scarlet dots on her hand mirrored the glowering eyes of the snake that had just bitten her.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Sitting down on the prickly ground of dead brown pine needles and small cones, she felt the curdled coil of nausea wind its way up her throat from her stomach.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She dropped the sweaty handful of moss that she had scooped up from the forest floor.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Kindling,and#8221; her Omnipod had instructed her earlier in its chirpy voice. and#8220;Find a flammable substance such as dry twigs or moss to begin your fire.and#8221; The large gathering of boulders Eva had found had seemed like the perfect place to make a shelter for the night, and the surrounding area was blanketed in ashen puff-patches of reindeer moss. As she had knelt down to gather a clump, Eva had realized there was a rust-colored, mottled snake just next to her, sunning itself in the fading light. Sheand#8217;d realized too late, though, to avoid its bite.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Now, with trembling hands, she fumbled through her dingy satchel to retrieve her Omnipod. The handheld metallic device was flat, like a magnifying glass, with a small circular hole in the middle of it that resembled an eye. Evaand#8217;s heart pounded, as if trying to escape her chest. She swallowed, interrupting the hectic meter of her breathing. The shoulder patch on her tunic blinked off and on in warning.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;This is Eva Nine,and#8221; she whispered into the Omnipod. and#8220;Initiate I-M and#8230; um, I-M and#8230;and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Eva closed her eyes and concentrated. She put the device to her forehead, as if the Omnipod would whisper to her brain the command she needed.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Greetings, Eva Nine. How can I be of service?and#8221; the device chirped.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;I and#8230; um and#8230;and#8221; Her hands shook. and#8220;I need you to initiate Independent Medicaland#8212;and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Do you mean Individual Medical Assistance? IMA for short?and#8221; the Omnipod corrected her.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Yes,and#8221; she answered, licking her dry lips and trying to hold her insides in.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Is this an emergency?and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Yes! I need help right away!and#8221; Eva yelled at the Omnipod.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;What is the nature of your emergency?and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;S-snake bite,and#8221; Eva said with a gulp. The nausea lurked just under her tongue, ready to leap out.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Hold, please. Initiating Identicapture.and#8221; Eva watched as three tiny lights on the Omnipod flickered in a rhythm around its central eye. and#8220;Begin Identicapture of said snake. We need to determine if it is a poisonous species or not.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through glassy eyes Eva scanned her immediate area; she could no longer focus on the terrain around her, let alone find a snake disguised as the forest floor. Her eyes rolled up into her head. Her breathing slowed. She let the Omnipod slip from her fingers.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Eva fell back, like a slain giant collapsing in a miniature forest of moss. She looked up at the fading light of the cobalt blue sky. Her Omnipod lay alongside her as it repeated, and#8220;Please begin Identicapture.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;All Eva could whisper was, and#8220;Dead. Iand#8217;m totally dead.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A voice from the heavens echoed through the landscape. It was a kind and graceful voice, like the sort sheand#8217;d heard coming from a beautiful woman in an old movie.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Eva. Eva, dear, please get up,and#8221; the voice said. Just like in an old moving picture, Eva could also hear the slightest bit of static hidden in the dulcet intonation.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The pine trees seemed to whisper the girland#8217;s name as the cool of evening blew in. Somewhere in the distance a whip-poor-will beckoned the night. Eva cracked open her pale green eyes into little slits.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Eva Nine,and#8221; urged the voice, and#8220;get up.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The girl rolled onto her side. Lying on the forest floor, she examined the tuft of moss in her hand. She saw that the delicate network of stalks really did make it look like a shrunken tree, albeit a washed-out lifeless one. andlt;iandgt;How does such an insignificant plant survive in a big world?andlt;/iandgt; she wondered. andlt;iandgt;What is its purpose? What is my purpose?andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Eva, pleaseand#8212;and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Iand#8217;m dead,and#8221; Eva announced to the sky. and#8220;Or couldnand#8217;t you tell? Iand#8217;m gone. Deceased. No more. Deeeaaaaad!and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She turned her attention back to the little moss tree and pouted. and#8220;Itand#8217;s not like you have to worry about that,and#8221; she muttered.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The clump of moss in her hands vanished, dissipating into a cloud of light motes. Eva curled up into a ball, shutting her eyes as the world around her also evaporated into nothingness. Emptiness.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The voice was right next to her now. and#8220;Eva, what happened?and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Leave me alone,and#8221; the ball replied.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;You were not paying attention,and#8221; the voice said with a sigh. and#8220;You had a ninety-eight percent chance of discovering the snake, had you done a simple LifeScan sweep. It was right there in plain view.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Still curled in a ball, Eva said nothing.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Of course, I have to mark you as a failure on this particular survival skill test. We shall try it again tomorrow. All right?and#8221; said the voice.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A warm hand brushed Evaand#8217;s half-braided dirty-blond hair. At last Eva stood up.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Two dark orbs, emitting an amber glow from deep within, reflected Evaand#8217;s own face in a distorted fashion, like a fish in a fishbowl. Large automated eyelids clicked open and closed in a lifelike manner. Several other eyes, small and unblinking, studied the girl, recording endless data and sending it to a computerized brain. A brain that was contained in two metallic canisters mounted on the back of a headand#8212;the front of which displayed a mechanized silicone-rubber face.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;What is going on with you, Eva?and#8221; the automated lips mimed. and#8220;This test should have been effortless for you to pass. Is everything all right?and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;One of the robotand#8217;s telescoping arms extended from a carousel of several additional arms folded up around the cylindrical torso. Four wiry fingers, also tipped in silicone rubber, rubbed Evaand#8217;s shoulders in a reassuring fashion.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;How is your concentration?and#8221; the robot asked. and#8220;I noted that you did not rest a full ten hours last night, which indicates that you may not have achieved enough REM sleep. That can have quite an effect on your performance.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Not now, Muthr.and#8221; Eva shrugged the robot off. and#8220;I need to be alone.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She crossed the wide squarish white room and headed for the low doorway. Buff-colored rubbery floor tiles absorbed the sound of her plodding footsteps. Though the chamber was only dimly lit, there was still enough light coming from the holo-projectors mounted around the ceiling to show that the room itself was empty of anything and#8230; except for the human girl and the pale blue robot.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Eva sulked as she shuffled into the main hub of her living quarters. When the large doors to the holography chamber slid shut behind her, a pastoral scene was projected onto them in vivid detail. Cottony clouds drifted aimlessly across a brilliant azure sky over distant lavender mountains. This gave the effect that the entire hub was like a grand outdoor gazebo, displaying a magnificent vista in the roundand#8212;though one projection was not working properly and flickered into a corresponding nighttime scene, ruining the illusion.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Welcome back, Eva Nine.and#8221; The intercom spoke in a relaxed tone. Its words reverberated throughout the octagonal chamber. and#8220;How may I help you?and#8221; Water trickled in a distant stream, and songbirds sang, filling the vestibule with ambient sounds coinciding with the scenery.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Hi. Please open bedroom doors, Sanctuary,and#8221; Eva said, stomping across the hub toward the far window. Projected on it was a spectacular view of a misty waterfall cascading down from a colossal mountaintop. The cast image crackled when the girl passed through it, as through a holographic curtain, into the open doors of her dimly lit bedroom.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Close doors, please.and#8221; Eva flung her jackvest onto her medi-seat. She sat down on the edge of her foam bed and kicked off her sneakboots. As she flopped back onto the oval mattress, Eva stared up at the myriad of pipes and exhaust shafts that wound through her white ceiling. There were water stains on the corner ceiling tiles of the small room, like large ochre flowers blooming from the pipes. One of the overhead lights flickered in an annoying, erratic tempo.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With her hands behind her head, Eva rubbed the raised round mole on the nape of her neck. The warmth of her electric bed permeated through her tunic in a comfy sort of way. Her eyelids drooped, and she had begun to doze off when her bedroom doors slid back open.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Eva, you forgot your equipment satchel and Omnipod back in the holo-chamber,and#8221; Muthr said, rolling into her room balanced on a single tread-worn wheel. and#8220;Honestly, dear, how can you expect to pass your training if you do not take care of your things?and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Muthr!and#8221; Eva continued staring up at the stained ceiling, refusing to look Muthr in the eye. and#8220;Just leave it. Iand#8217;ll put it away later.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The robot picked Evaand#8217;s dingy jackvest up from the chair. The discarded garment had been perfectly hidden among the stuffed toys, dirty clothes, and electra-papers that were strewn about the room. and#8220;Put it away as you have done with the rest of your belongings? I sometimes wonderand#8212;and#8221;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;Please, Muthr, I just want to be alone for a while,and#8221; Eva barked at the ceiling.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Muthr hung the jackvest on the empty row of coat hooks lining the wall. and#8220;Dinner is at eighteen hundred hours. Please be timely, Eva,and#8221; Muthr said. After Muthr rolled out of the room, the doors slid shut behind her. Eva reached under her head and grabbed her pillow. As she squeezed it over her face, she screamed.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#169; 2010 TONY DITERLIZZI

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Cheyenne, November 24, 2013 (view all comments by Cheyenne)
I loved this book!! It is sort of a middle grade sci-fi/dystopian novel which I have never heard of or read before. The characters in the book are so amazingly well written. Each one is so individual and unique and I couldn't help but fall in love with them. Otto was definitely my favorite.

I thought that the pacing of the story was done really well. I never felt like there was slow moving parts. Each page seemed like it had a point to help out the story. The book also contains many truly fantastic illustrations which added to the book in such a brilliant way. I was sucked into this book from the very beginning.

I hadn't really known what to expect from this book so I was pleasantly surprised to absolutely love this book. There is a sequel which I will hopefully be able to read in the near future.
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Erin Clarkson, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Erin Clarkson)
The story of post-apocalyptic Earth is not a new one. It’s been told in science fiction, in fantasy, and most recently in an abundance of young adult dystopian fiction. I was not expecting to find such a story in a middle grade book by Spiderwick Chronicles author Tony DiTerlizzi.

The Search for WondLa is the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Eva Nine. She lives in an underground Sanctuary with her robot caretaker Muthur, and longs to explore the outside world. One night the Sanctuary is attacked by a strange and violent beast, and Eva is forced into the world above. There she discovers that the planet and life she had been prepared for by Muthur and her self-contained habitat are nothing like what she finds. Making friends with Rovender Kitt, a native of the planet, and Otto, a lost water bear, Eva ventures with these two and Muthur into the strange wonder of this new world, on a quest to discover what happened to her people and to find her future.

This book falls solidly between the middle grade and young adult classifications. Because Eva is only twelve, this would place the book with a younger audience, but the content and depth of Eva’s story raises it to a YA level. There is violence in this world, beyond what you would find in the average middle grade novel. The complexity of the native cultures, as well as the science of Muthur and Eva’s sanctuary also are surprising and intriguing. DiTerlizzi has built a place that is real and alive with beauty and darkness, more like what you find in The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series.

Initially my interest in the story was limited by Eva, mostly because she is so young, but also because her character does not have a lot of range in this first book (and yes, this is going to be a trilogy, no surprise). Eva is a typical twelve-year-old girl who’s sick of being stuck inside with mother and wants to go explore. And when she does get outside and discovers that the world is not an easy place to survive in, she is frightened and often turns to Muthur or her other friends for help. What saved the story for me was that while Eva did not per see change, she did at moments show a hidden inner strength--one that you would expect to develop as she grows older. When Eva stands up and demands for her life, for her safety, for her friends, she glows like the heroine that I look for in a good book.

Overall this was a great story, and a great adventure. The online content looks amazing--interactive maps that you can explore using your book and a webcam--and I looking forward to the next installation in this series, due out sometime in 2012.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416983101
Author:
DiTerlizzi, Tony
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Search for WondLa, The
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jacket (foil on offset stock); 2-c i
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 496 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781416983101 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In this first book of a new series, DiTerlizzi (co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles) presents a beautifully illustrated science-fiction story full of engaging characters, edge-of-your-seat action, and some truly surprising twists. It will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next installment.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Spiderwick Chronicles coauthor DiTerlizzi introduces 12-year-old Eva Nine, who lives centuries in the future and is trying to discover whether she is the last human being on an alien world, in this series launch. After a hunter forces her out of Sanctuary — where she's been raised by a robot, Muthr — she finds a hostile world like nothing she has learned about or trained for. She makes friends, including a wanderer named Rovender and a telepathic 'water horse' she calls Otto, but also finds unexpected enemies. While there is less imaginative variety than in the Spiderwick books, and the world does not seem as fully envisioned, there is still wonder aplenty in this tense, chase-filled journey to engage young readers, plus twists for adult fans of Twilight Zone-styled stories. The bond between Eva and her friends is well drawn, and Otto, happily, is more than just a human in alien form. DiTerlizzi's evocative, detailed pen illustrations (not all seen by PW), which have a retro Star Wars vibe, and interactive maps online, unlocked via Augmented Reality, contribute to a sense of adventure as Eva dives into the unknown. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "DiTerlizzi is pushing the envelope in his latest work, nearly creating a new format that combines a traditional novel with a graphic novel and with the interactivity of the computer....The novel's ending is a stunning shocker that will leave kids frantically awaiting the next installment."
"Review" by , "DiTerlizzi packs the book full of handsome, dual-toned artwork that will help readers visualize some of the more complicated imagery, and a companion Web site makes use of a computer's webcam and augmented reality technology to create one of the niftier online experiences in the growing ranks of multiplatform books."
"Review" by , "Imaginative, accessible technologies combine with fanciful creatures to create perpetual wonder in this fast-moving narrative; plentiful illustrations provide visual referents to the oddities as well as contributing an animated-movie vibe to the action. The journey plot is straightforward enough for nascent fantasy buffs..."
"Synopsis" by , The Search for WondLa kicks off a fantastical new series from Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles.
"Synopsis" by , A Caldecott Honor winner begins a new series about a young girl forced to flee from her underground home with a treasured item — a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the word, "WondLa." Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. She 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.

In these alien surroundings, Eva Nine befriends Rovender Kitt, a curmudgeonly wanderer, with whom she travels in search of other humans. But Besteel, who invaded Eva Nine's sanctuary, is following them and wants to capture Eva Nine.

With its classic prose and breathtaking illustrations, The Search for WondLa begins a trilogy that is sure to inspire dreams. As a bonus, the maps in this book are revealed in three-dimensions, with audio, through Augmented Reality.

In his vision of a future forged by centuries of tradition, Caldecott Honor Winner Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator of the New York Times-bestselling Spiderwick series, honors traditional children's literature in this 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.

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