The WondLa Trilogy

"An irresistable adventure."

—Rick Riordan Author,
Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The WondLa Trilogy

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, 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.

Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTerlizzi’s vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine’s world.

Published: BOOK I: Sept. 21, 2010, BOOK II: May 8, 2012, BOOK III: May 6, 2014
Ages: 9 to 12
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Books in this series

The Search for WondLa The Battle for WondLa A Hero for WondLa


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Browse Art

Look inside the books with this gallery of WondLa art

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Audio Excerpt

Audio Excerpt

Listen to award-winning actress Teri Hatcher read chapter 1

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Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

Teachers! Download a Search For WondLa/Kenny & The Dragon discussion guide (PDF format)

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Desktop Wallpaper

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Interviews and featurettes related to The WondLa Trilogy

Essay #1

Essay #1

What a WondLaful Tour!

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Essay #2

Reminiscing on Rovender Kitt


“Reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke.”
New York Times Book Review

“The Search for Wondla blew me away with its exquisite world-building and the mind-bending biodiversity of its fabulous creatures. But it was 12-year old Eva’s poignant journey to discover if she is the last of her species that captured my heart. Can’t wait for the sequel!”
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

“Imaginative, accessible technologies combine with fanciful creatures to create perpetual wonder in this fast-moving narrative.”
The Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books

“There is…wonder aplenty in this tense, chase-filled journey to engage young readers, plus twists for adult fans of Twilight Zone–styled stories. The bond between Eva and her friends is well drawn, and Otto, happily, is more than just a human in alien form. DiTerlizzi’s evocative, detailed pen illustrations, which have a retro Star Wars vibe, and interactive maps online, unlocked via Augmented Reality, contribute to a sense of adventure as Eva dives into the unknown.”
Publishers Weekly

“I was knocked out by Tony DiTerlizzi’s novel… everything is described so thoroughly and fully that I felt like I was there. I think Tony’s extraordinary visual sense comes though here with words. Spiderwick was amazing; this goes so much further.”
—Joan Kindig, Associate Professor at James Madison University

“A marvelous sequel to one of my favorite books; complex characters make for more thought-provoking storyline.”

“The books are packed with great characters, tons of action and the kind of moral questions that preoccupy real pre-teens. They're the perfect summer kiddie read.”

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.