CHAPTER 1: HUNTED
Eva Nine could scarcely hear anything above her own ragged breathing. Her pale green eyes, wide and wild, searched for a clear path through the dense undergrowth of the Wandering Forest. Burning leg muscles carried her past fallen trees and over moss-laden stones.
“This way! Come on!” Eva shouted. Her instinct warned that her voice would give away her location, but she suspected it didn’t matter. The beast knows exactly where I am, she thought.
Lagging behind Eva was the teenage pilot Hailey Turner. Eva ran back, seized Hailey by the hand, and yanked him along with her. They moved quickly through the dappled shadow of the canopy.
“We have to keep moving,” she whispered hoarsely. “Let’s go.” She pushed aside a cluster of feathery blooms on waist-high stalks.
“How can you run so fast?” Hailey tried to catch his breath. “You’re—”
A low snarl sliced through the stillness of the wood. Startled turnfins flapped away from the disruption. The beast was not far now.
“Over here!” Eva bolted toward a clearing where the trees thinned out. Here she and Hailey could make up more ground, but so too could the beast. She glanced over her shoulder and saw a blur of tawny fur with horns on its head. It bound through the thick underbrush as effortlessly as a spiderfish swimming through water, with its razor claws sending up leaves and bark in its wake.
“Can’t you . . . ask this thing . . . to leave us alone?” Hailey asked between gasps. He would not be able to keep up this pace much longer.
“I’ve tried to, but it is not responding.” For a moment Eva wondered if her newfound ability to communicate with all forest denizens had somehow vanished. But perhaps this creature simply did not want to talk—it wanted to eat.
Eva and Hailey dashed across the glade and back into the shadowy cover of the forest. She looked once more at their pursuer, but it was nowhere to be seen. Before Eva could turn around, she tripped headlong over a large fallen log. As she brushed dead leaves from her colorless hair, Eva realized she had landed next to a giant sundew bush. The plant’s sticky stalks immediately bent and quivered in her direction.
Its voice entered her mind. Let me touch you. Let me hold you.
Eva scooted away from the sundew. Her abilities had not left her, after all.
“Are you okay?” Hailey climbed over the log.
“Shhh!” Eva grabbed the back of Hailey’s utili-T-shirt and yanked him down to the ground. Together they crouched behind the rotting log. Eva noticed that the ground dipped underneath the log to form a small hollow. She began clawing the forest debris out from the hollow. “Get under here.”
“But it will find—”
“Just do it,” she hissed. Although she heard no sound, Eva knew the beast was nearby, stalking them.
The Battle for WondLa
All hope for a peaceful coexistence between humankind and aliens seems lost in the third installment of the WondLa trilogy. Eva Nine has gone into hiding for fear of luring the wicked Loroc to her companions.
However, news of the city Solas being captured by the human leader, Cadmus Pryde, forces Eva into action once again. With help from an unlikely ally, Eva tries to thwart Loroc’s ultimate plan for both mankind and the alien life on Orbona.
Complete with lavish two-color illustrations and spot art throughout, and starring a host of unforgettable characters that reinforce the importance of friendship, The Battle for WondLa has all the hallmarks of a classic book—of the future.
- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers |
- 496 pages |
- ISBN 9781416983149 |
- May 2014 |
- Grades 5 and up |
- Lexile 630L
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The Battle for WondLa
By Tony DiTerlizzi
About the Book
Eva Nine is at her bravest in the final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy from the fantastical mind of Tony DiTerlizzi. All hope for a peaceful coexistence between humankind and aliens seems lost. Eva Nine has gone into hiding for fear of luring the wicked Loroc to her companions. However, news of the city Solas being captured by the human leader, Cadmus Pryde, forces Eva into action once again. With help from an unlikely ally, Eva tries to thwart Loroc’s ultimate plan for both mankind and the alien life on Orbona.
1. As The Battle for WondLa begins, Eva Nine was far from the war, deep in the Wandering Forest. Why was she not in the midst of the fight?
2. After saving herself and Hailey from the horned martick, Eva was conflicted concerning the fate of the beast. What did the beast say to Eva? How did Eva finally resolve the conflict?
3. Loroc told Eva a secret that no one else knew, but Eva confided in Hailey. What was the secret? What was Eva afraid of? What was she sensing from the forest and animals?
4. Hailey was dependent on technology. He had to have his omnipod at all times. What was Eva’s thoughts on technology and his omnipod? How did she survive and acquire information without the us see more