“Highly recommended for high school and ambitious middle school readers.” —School Library Journal
"A valuable addition to STEM-themed collections." —VOYA
An in-depth look into the extraordinary life of the world’s most important entrepreneur, Elon Musk
This fascinating and easily accessible paperback young readers’ adaptation of Ashlee Vance’s New York Times bestselling Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future features black-and-white photographs throughout and an epilogue.
The version for adults has been praised as “riveting” (The Financial Times), “spirited” (The Wall Street Journal), and “masterful” (Vice). Now younger readers can read about this innovative leader who is revolutionizing three industries at once: space, automotive, and energy.
There are few people in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and vision. A modern combination of famous inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs, Elon is the man behind companies such as SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and PayPal that are transforming the way we live.
Written with exclusive access to Elon, his family, and his friends, this book traces Elon’s journey from a kid in South Africa to a young man in the United States, his dramatic technical inventions, and his world-changing companies. Elon has sparked new levels of innovation in the world, and this book gives young readers a detailed but fast-paced look at his story.
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
About the Author
Ashlee Vance is one of the most prominent writers on technology today. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for the New York Times, Vance went to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories for the magazine on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.
“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.”
“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)