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Publisher's Summary

“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

A fascinating and easily accessible young listeners’ adaptation of Ashlee Vance’s New York Times best-selling Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

The version for adults has been praised as “riveting” (The Financial Times), “spirited” (The Wall Street Journal), and “masterful” (Vice). Now younger listeners can hear 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.

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 listeners a detailed but fast-paced look at his story.

A Junior Library Guild Selection!

©2017 Ashlee Vance (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the critics say

“Highly recommended for high school and ambitious middle school readers.” (School Library Journal)

"A valuable addition to STEM-themed collections." (VOYA)

What listeners say about Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future: Young Readers' Edition

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Great story of a curious mind

I liked to experience Elons background story andere his self made success. It is entertaining to listen and easy to follow. #Audible1 

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Super interesting biography

Loved it. A well-storied glimpse into the mind and character of one of the most prolific entrepreneurs and innovators in the history of humanity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-07-25

Awesome book!

I listened to this from start to finish while traveling and time really flew by. The things Elon achieved are awesome, but knowing all he had to go through makes it even more inspiring. The narrator also did a pretty good job, making this book easy to listen to.

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  • John Alexander
  • 2017-09-05

good book

fascinating story, on a very interesting man of our times, although a little bit uncritical

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  • Jeanie Alksne
  • 2021-04-29

Absolutely incredible at any age!

Absolutely loved going through the progression of the life of someone so ahead of the curve in so many ways!

Includes the sacrifices, risks and hardships that have been made and overcome along the way.

Excited to see how this exciting life that has only the goal of changing our world continues to move us into the future.

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  • hgpilot - MM
  • 2019-12-01

I'm an adult but got the Young Reader's Edition

Great book - I've always been an Elon Musk fan and get a chuckle at all the people who hate him. True - he's famous for missed deadlines, tyrannical behavior, narcissistic tendencies, grandiose promises, etc - but you can't argue his success in both SpaceX and Tesla. Just finished listening to "Elon Musk and The Quest for a Fantastic Future" (young readers edition) - a great and unbiased autobiography of his life so far. Love him or hate him - he's unquestionably a great innovator - and disruptor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-07-10

Elon Musk and the quest for the fantastic future

I hope many people read this book. But I think this book should also have the stuff between Elon Musk and Twitter. Therefore, I give these stars. But overall, it was a kind of good. I hope you read it after reading this review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-07-05

It’s was ok

It’s was ok. my 7th grader read it and said it was not her favorite

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