A Girl Named Disaster

by Nancy Farmer

Scholastic Paperbacks
January 2012

Ages 9 – 12 . Grades 4 – 7

Library of Congress: 96015141

Lexile measure: 730L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: X



Eleven-year-old Nhamo lives in a traditional village in Mozambique, where she doesn't quite fit in. When her family tries to force her into marrying a cruel man, she runs away to Zimbabwe, hoping to find the father she's never met. But what should have been a short boat trip across the border turns into a dangerous year-long adventure, and Nhamo must summon her innermost courage to ensure her survival.
Nancy Farmer

Before becoming a writer, Nancy Farmer lived in Africa, and her work there included monitoring water weeds in Mozambique and helping to control tsetse flies in Zimbabwe. Since then, she has earned a host of prestigious awards for her writing, including three Newbery Honors for THE EAR, THE EYE AND THE ARM; A GIRL NAMED DISASTER; and THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION. She lives in Menlo Park, California, with her husband. Visit her online at www.nancyfarmerwebsite.com.


  • * "An unforgettable work." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "Rewarding." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "This story is humorous and heart wrenching, complex and multilayered. . . . An engrossing and memorable saga." -- School Library Journal, starred review



Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545356626

336pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝