Tony DiTerlizzi tells the story of Eva Nine, a twelve-year-old girl forced to find her way in a strange world in The Search for WondLa (Lexile: 760; Interest Level: Grades 4-8). Eva has been cared for by Muthr (which stands for Multi Utility Task Help Robot) for her first 12 years, living safely in an underground Sanctuary. When a strange being invades the Sanctuary and destroys the only home Eva has ever known, she must flee to the land above ground, where nothing looks like what she has been taught. Even her omnipod (an technological device that can scan objects and search it's database for identifying information) is unable to help her.
As Eva is still being hunted by Besteel, she must keep moving and begin her search for other humans like her. She knows other people must exist because she has a piece of cardboard depicting a young girl, a robot, and a man with a wide-brimmed hat and the word WondLa written on it. Along the way, she meets Rovender, who acts as a guide, but who eventually becomes her first real friend. Rovender helps her to navigate the world that is unfamiliar to her and helps her on her quest, her Search for WondLa. The only science fiction book on the 2015 Indian Paintbrush Nominee list, this is a great story about the adapability of human nature and a glimpse at some fun futuristic technology. (486 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.