It's time for the next installment of To Buy or Not to Buy...
The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
Book Description (From Amazon):
Publication Date: September 21, 2010 | Age Level: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up
Now in paperback, Tony DiTerlizzi’s New York Times bestselling, richly illustrated modern classic.
When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her: 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.”
Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout display another dimension of the tale, and readers with webcams can also view Augmented Reality that reveals additional information about Eva Nine’s world. Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original 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.
My First Impression:
First sentence: Eva Nine was dying.
Huh? I haven’t even met the character yet and she’s dying? It turns out to be a hologram training exercise, though. She lives alone in a place called Sanctuary with only a robot Called Muthr to care for her. She is itching to go outside, but Muthr tells her she’s not ready yet. Eva Nine believes there may be other humans alive on the surface, but Muthr assures her there are no others like her.
Sustaining a cut from assisting Muthr in the kitchen, she went in search of a bandage for it and discovered a hidden doorway. A hidden doorway she later plans to sneak through.
The set-up for this story is intriguing. Eva Nine is being taught survival skills, but by a robot.
1. Trust Technology
2. Signal Others
3. Find Shelter
4. Create Fire
5. Procure Food and Water
6. Know First Aid
It seems as if she is underground and that she is the last of her kind. What happened to the surface of the planet? Or the other humans? Why does she need to learn survival skills? Once learned, what will she do with those skills?
There are enough questions in need of answers. This is a book for young readers in the 5 – 8 age bracket, but seems like it would be an enjoyable story for the entire family.
Actually, hubby already bought this book so that he could read it with our niece in an attempt to get her fired up about reading. I just never read any of it, but I think I should.