Reviews for Search for Wondla

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 March

Gr 5-8--Twelve-year-old Eva Nine has spent her entire life raised by Muthr, a robot, in an underground compound on planet Orbona in the first book in Tony DiTerlizzi's dazzling fantasy series. When their Sanctuary is attacked by an evil hunter, Eva must venture above ground. On her search to find other humans, she meets a blue creature named Rovender. There are many perils in this strange land of trees that eat birds, giant water bears, and horrible sand snipers. With Rovender's aid, Eva Nine reunites with Muthr and communicates telepathically with a young water bear she rescues. This suspenseful fantasy ends on a very shocking note, leaving listeners wishing that the sequel was already available. This dazzling fantasy is superbly narrated by actress Teri Hatcher. She changes tone and timbre as she voices the many fantastical creatures and different languages, completely drawing listeners in with superb pacing. She completely draws in the listener with superb pacing. The book's artwork helps readers visualize the unique environment and can be accessed from the CDs with a computer and webcam. However, DiTerlizzi's writing is so visual and Hatcher is such an excellent narrator that listeners really don't need to consult the illustrations. Listeners will eagerly await the next installment.--B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara Public Library System, CA

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