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Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition Hardcover – Illustrated, January 24, 2017

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—This biography of Musk, one of the most important figures in modern technological advancement, aims to communicate the excitement and promise of the work that he and his companies—Space X, Tesla, and Solar City—are doing in the fields of aerospace, automotive transportation, and alternative energy. The book is organized around Musk's self-proclaimed quest to "guard man's fate in the universe" by "turning humans into space colonizers" and the varied paths that he has taken to achieve this end. The bulk of the narrative is focused on Musk's work with Space X and Tesla since the 2000s, with few details on his early life in South Africa. Vance creates a "you are there" feeling as he describes the early test launches of Space X rockets and the development of the revolutionary electric cars produced by Tesla. Musk and his friends and associates cooperated with the creation of the New York Times best-selling adult \ version of this biography, and that deep access to information shines through in this edition for young readers as well. The volume's more than 250 pages are crammed with details of the inner workings of Musk's companies, and the discussions on buyouts, venture capitalism, and initial public offerings may overwhelm those drawn to the title out of a more personal interest in Musk. Still, Vance maintains a lively pace and explains the groundbreaking technology in a way that is accessible and exciting. VERDICT Highly recommended for high school and ambitious middle school readers for its insights into Musk, technology, and venture capitalism.—Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX

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“Along with views of youth and early geekdom…[Vance] relates suspenseful accounts of technical and financial crises, conducts tours of Musk’s factories…and brings his story up to early 2016. Overall, the author offers a picture of a brilliant, driven man…A modern American success story, neither overly earnest nor unreservedly adulatory.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“An informative and easy-to-follow biography of one of today’s top innovators for young readers.” -- Booklist

“Vance maintains a lively pace and explains the groundbreaking technology in a way that is accessible and exciting....Highly recommended for high school and ambitious middle school readers for its insights into Musk, technology, and venture capitalism.” -- School Library Journal

“Musk may not be as instantly recognizable to teens as Zuckerberg or Jobs, but given his work with PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, he should be. Vance delves into all of his work with detailed passion. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“A valuable addition to STEM-themed collections.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; Young Readers' ed. edition (January 24, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062463284
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062463289
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1150L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 6
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.97 x 8.25 inches
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Ashlee Vance is an award winning feature writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Vance is also the host of the "Hello World" TV show. Previously, he worked for The New York Times and The Register.

Vance was born in South Africa, grew up in Texas and attended Pomona College. He has spent more than a decade covering the technology industry from San Francisco and is a noted Silicon Valley historian.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book (hardcoverver/paperback)
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The book is amazing! I got the paperback about a year ago, but I decided to buy the hardcover too. I must say that I was unsure about buying the hardcover because there were very few (if any) reviews regarding it. The paperback is great, without a doubt, but I would definitely suggest you buy the hardcover version over any others.
Another thing I want to mention is that the image on the back of the hardcover is not the same as the paperback's (All the images I posted were of the hardcover, just for the record). The hardcover's features a picture of Elon Musk, while I believe the others have a book description/book reviews in it's place.
Lastly, I would like to say that the book is the perfect gift for Elon Musk fans and young engineers. As a thirteen-year-old, I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would definitely read it again. It is the first thing that I would suggest to someone who has similar interests and is by far the best nonfiction book I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best idea ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recomendado para quienes quieren tener una idea de la vida de Elon Musk, lectura amena.
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