Reviews for Search for Wondla

AudioFile Reviews 2011 January
Outstanding. When a narrator can evoke empathy for a cast of unlikely characters, there's something special happening. And something remarkable is taking place in DiTerlizzi's story. Eva Nine, who was raised by a robot Muthr underground, suddenly faces a quest to find more of her kind above ground in a hostile world. Teri Hatcher brings to life the myriad of distinctive creatures who journey with Eva. Listeners will relish the ethereal voice of Otto the Water Bear, the warmly protective Rovender, and the flat-voiced Muthr. As narrator, Hatcher is elegant in her elocution, and she paces the story carefully--inviting the listener to assimilate the rich details of character and action. While this production stands alone, the illustrations and interactive opportunities on the book's Web site create a twenty-first-century reading package. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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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