The Search for WondLa by Tony Diterlizzi

The Search for WondLa

Written by Tony Diterlizzi

11+ readers   9+ readers   eBooks   
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Creator of the best-selling Spiderwick series, Tony Diterlizzi has created a hugely imaginative world in which twelve year old Eva Nine sets out on a seemingly impossible quest with just a small picture with the word ‘WONDLA’ on it to guide her. Eva has never seen another human in all of her life. Now, travelling through a wondrous landscape she meets a host of unlikely characters as she searches for home and family. It’s a touching story and the imaginary world is brilliantly envisaged in words and additional pictorial material. Fans of the Spiderwick Chronicles will devour it as will anyone with a penchant for fantasy storytelling. This author is one of the best.


The Search for WondLa by Tony Diterlizzi

Eva Nine was raised by the robot Muthr. But when a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary she called home, twelve-year-old Eva is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her. She knows that other humans exist because of a very special item she treasures ~ a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot along with the strange word WondLa . Tony DiTerlizzi honours 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.


'The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi, about young Eva Nine and her search for other humans on the planet Orbona, is perhaps the strongest of the three books mentioned here, with passages that are reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke. The book's Web site, at, is the main stage for something called WondLa-Vision, a tailored version of what is generically called augmented reality, the practice of superimposing data over photographic or video images (think of Terminator-vision, with its tracking targets and data streams.) WondLa-Vision works in concert with your PC's webcam. There are three illustrations spread throughout the book that can be recognized by WondLa-Vision. If you hold any of these up to your webcam while at the site, you will unlock an online map of Orbona (different images open different parts of the map.) Books, movies and video games will all contribute to this new form of storytelling, and I would not be surprised if it happens to children's and young adult literature first. We may scoff at so much gimmickry, but what adults call gimmickry kids call something else: awesome.' New York Times Book Review

'The illustrations, also created by the author, are a marvel in themselves...Young readers will have no difficulty in relating to Eva. The only problem will be containing one's patience for the next book.' The Bookbag

'Tony DiTerlizzi honours 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...' Tatty's Treasure Chest

'Particularly interesting is the way Muthr grows just as much as Eva - maybe more - during the story, as her assumptions are challenged and she's forced to allow Eva to take risks and truly grow up.' SFX Magazine

'One neat touch is that the flora and fauna of the world Eva explores appear to be based on microscopic organisms. Also noteworthy are DiTerlizzi's full-page illustrations, clean-lined and impressive in their use of stippling and spot colour.' Financial Times

About the Author

Tony Diterlizzi

Tony Diterlizzi is co-creator of the international bestselling series, The Spiderwick Chronicles. He has illustrated numerous picture books for children, including Ted, G is for 1 Gzonk and the critically acclaimed The Spider and the Fly, which won the Caldecott Honor. Kenny and the Dragon is his first novel. Tony lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, with his wife, Angela, and their baby daughter, Sophia.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


496 pages


Tony Diterlizzi
More books by Tony Diterlizzi

Author's Website


Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2011




It’s really exciting to read and review new books, thrilling to see my reviews online and I love finding the final published copies on sale.

Sam Harper – age 10

I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their boo

Daisy Pennock – age 15

It is THE website to use for narrowing down your search for any book. Definitely knocks the socks off any other book review website.

Nickey and Tomasz Hawryszczuk

We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

I love lovereading4kids because I’ve read amazing books I would never have picked up, and its opened doors to new genre’s I now love.

Harriet Cunningham

I love ‘LoveReading 4 kids’ because they let you read and learn things you’d never dreamed of learning before.

Emily Horncastle – age 11

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

Lovereading 4 schools