A Girl Named Disaster

A Girl Named Disaster

by Nancy Farmer


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This Newbery Honor book by award-winning, bestselling author Nancy Farmer is being reissued in paperback!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545356626
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 103,831
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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.


Menlo Park, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1941

Place of Birth:

Phoenix, Arizona


B.A., Reed College, 1963

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A Girl Named Disaster 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading A Girl Named Disaster for a school book report and find the book fascinating. I appreciate how Mrs. Farmer includes so much detail and description in her writing. If you are interested about different culture, especially African, and enjoy lots of detail and description, A Girl Named Disaster is the book for you. I feel that A Girl Named Disaster is an extraordianryily rich novel filled with goodness. I am very much looking forward to reading all of Mrs. Farmers other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for any age old enough to understand the story (10 or so). My husband and I enjoyed it as much as my daughter. Nhamo is a very smart, appealing character who endures and overcomes isolation, her own shortcomings and a whole range of problems and finally finds friends she can trust in a cruel and dangerous world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer. Nhamo, the main character, is a teenager living in a traditional Shona village. Her mother died and she is treated badly by everyone in her village except her grandma, Ambuya, and her cousin, Masvita. One day Ambuya tells Nhamo to sail to Zimbabwe, where her father lives. This is because her family is about to marry her off to a horrible diseases man with many wives. Nhamo starts on her journey with high hopes, but is discouraged when she becomes possessed by an evil witch and has many encounters with the kind but creepy water spirits, njuzu. She comes close to death many times. First, Nhamo almost starves multiple times and she is also almost killed by a wild baboon. She has to teach herself how to hunt, how to tell good food from bad, how to build a stable shelter, and etc. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes survival stories or has an interest in nature and animals. A Girl Named Disaster is directed towards children ten years old and up, and it is an exciting read. There are many times that one may think Nhamo would die, and that keeps you on the edge of your seat the throughout the whole story. If you liked this book or are interested in reading it, you may also like The Cay by Theodore Taylor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for my Honors Geography class. So far I am thoroughly enjoying it. It is about a young Rhona Girl named Nhamo. Nhamo feels invincible to harm, yet in the end she learns that life isn't perfect. She displays her emotions at the correct times in the book when you are supceptable to them. The adventure and drama in this story are absolutely captivating. It is definetly one of those books that draw you in and won't let you out until you're done reading it. I would recomend this book to everyone, especially teens age 10-18.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a report, i LOVED IT!!!!!!!!! i had a lot of questions about it
LynnB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a coming of age story of a young girl, Nhamo, whose name means "Disaster". The story takes the form of a quest; Nhamo flees her village to escape an arranged marriage to an evil man. She is searching for her birth father who she hopes will accept her as part of his family.The book is well-written and seems to be well researched in African mythology and beliefs. Nhamo relates several stories that convey these teachings. She spends a lot of time alone on her quest, and these stories break up the narrative which might otherwise have become tedious. The ending, often the downfall of this kind of story, works well. It is believable, and the voices of Nhamo and her ancenstors remain strong and true.
mysteena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nhambo is a young African girl who lives in a primitive village in the early 1980's. The book follows her journey, both a geographical journey as well her journey from childhood into womanhood. This book is a YA book, probably best for ages 12-14. I particularly liked the abundance of African folk tales and the deep look into Nhambo's pagan beliefs. It's a well written book and quite enjoyable.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this book was very interesting at times, and though I feel as though I learned a great deal, I really don't think this book was written in a way that would hold my students' interest. It starts very slow and it wasn't until halfway through or more that I really became interested in the story. It's sad, but this is a good book that I doubt I'll ever recommend to anyone.
tspeavy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits. 4th grade
stargirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't find the others in the series! Where are they?
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nhamo's journey is inspiring and heart-wrenching. This book is kind of like a gentler version of Clan on the Cave Bear. Nancy Farmer is an excellent writer.
catz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book took me into the depths of Namo's story and mind. It really took me in. Nancy Farmer's books just do that to me but I like it.
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Awesome book- ultimate page turner
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I love this book soooooooooo much !!!!
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I am in the part where Nhamo meets the muvuki. AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS. I like the cover it is strange looking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing adventorous and also alittle sad. It reminded me alot of da harry potter series and da percy jackson series(which u should also read). Its also sad cause its alot for an 11/12 year old to handel her aunt hates her, her mom was eaten ,she has to marry a ngozi and go on da river alone. I swear 2 u I tried 2 make my whole class read it because of me my whole classs almost read it. If u want a book that ur gonna finish in 2days cause ur not gonna be able 2put it down then this is da book for u. I made my mom read it! BOO YA READ THIS BOOK!
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I am an 11 yr old and i luved it!!!!! I couldnt put it down and read in class too! Nancy farmers book is amazingly great. Plz read ur going to luv it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It tells of a journey. Streangth and true love. Not just the boy girl kind but for family,enviorment and yourself. She traveled so far and never gave up. I loved this book and i know you will too