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The Battle for WondLa: The Search for WondLa, Book 3

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Predictable but thoughtful ending to sci-fi trilogy.

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THE BATTLE FOR WONDLA starts very slowly, but the pace picks up once Eva and Hailey finally get to the ruins of New York City. Eva has newfound maturity and patience to go along with her ability to communicate with the flora and fauna of Orbona: She's evolved into a quietly powerful hero. The best moments of the story focus on Eva's close relationship with Rovender Kitt, whom she sees as a father, and to other animals she embraces as her "herd" or "flock," underscoring themes of finding connection and community across differences.

Like the earlier books in the series, the writing isn't nearly as rich or compelling as author Tony DiTerlizzi's imaginative full-page illustrations. Fans will enjoy the Orbonian alphabet and map at the back of the book, and a lengthy glossary will help readers decode the technology and terminology of Orbona.

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