When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the 12-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine 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.
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.
©2010 Simon and Schuster Audio
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Tony DiTerlizzi, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles, has created wonderful illustrations to highlight his richly imagined world. Each chapter begins with a double-page illustration that captured my interest. I actually listened to this as an audiobook, but each night found myself pouring over the illustrations in the book. In some places, I found the text did not provide quite enough description, as it assumed readers were also looking at the illustrations.
Teri Hatcher's narration captured the voice of Eva perfectly, combining an annoying Tween girl's attitude with her mother's restrictions, with her wonder and fear as she explored this new world. DiTerlizzi has also created an interactive visual map which you access online through WondLaVision. This intrigues some students, but I found it hard to break away from my reading habits, bring the book to the computer, and explore this world.
Interesting story that could use a lot more of everything. Terry hatcher did a good job with it though. The paper version has awesome artwork. The audio version is a little flat.
The storyline is unique and engaging. Top of my new stories list this quarter.
I loved meeting new characters and species—all are described very well. My favorite moment is when Eva 9 first discovers the world outside her shelter.
This was my first Teri Hatcher audio book—and it won't be my last. She has a wonderful voice range and brings the characters alive. Definitely my new favorite voice artist.
Once I started listening, I could not put it down. It was a constant struggle to find more minutes in my day to listen until I'd finished.
Now it's time for the next installment.
It is an excellent book for those younger readers who want to be part of the dystopian movement that seems to be hitting the reading world.
The main character, Eva 9 because she is exactly the same as people of her age around us. She acts like any of us would at that age, yet, she lives in such a different world.
Yes but I wouldn't listen to a book narrated by Teri Hatcher, just because she was the narrator.
Be careful what you wish for.
Excellent book for those innocent readers who love futuristic settings.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
I liked the content of the book but disliked the narrator. She reads the book so slowly and child like. I found it irritating to listen to. It was like she was reading to a child she thinks is incredibly unintelligent.
The narrator reads SO SLOWLY that I actually set my ipod to replay audiobooks faster. I've never had that experience before, but it was really painful. Otherwise, the story was fine - not great. The cover and the title obviously refer to The Wonderful Land of Oz and this story is sort of a future, star wars-y version. The idea has immense potential. Without the painful narration, I'd give this a 4 without question and I can't be certain how much my frustration with the story was the narration. Nonetheless, I overall found this a bit disappointing, and I am not sure that I will buy the sequels (yes, there will be sequels).
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