A Girl Named Disaster


by Nancy Farmer

Nhamo's mother is dead and her father is gone, so when the village witchfinder says she must marry a cruel man, she escapes to go live with her father in Zimbabwe. En route, the eleven-year-old faces many challenges, and begins to communicate with African spirits for help. She's even accepted by a baboon family for a while.

School Library Journal called this book "an engrossing and memorable saga." We agree... couldn't put it down!


Awards Won by this book

  • National Book Award Honor 1996
  • Newbery Honor 1997
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Book
  • American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults 1997
  • Horn Book Magazine Fanfare Award 1997


Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level:  Gr. 6-9            DRA Level: 60              Lexile Measure: 730L
Grade Equivalent: 5.9            Guided Reading: X


Book Covers Available

Wow... there are a lot of different book covers for this title (although some are admittedly not widely available!)








This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.


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