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Solar Story

Solar Story

How One Community Lives Alongside the World's Biggest Solar Plant

Allan Drummond

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


In his signature style, Allan Drummond tells the story of the largest solar plant in the world, the Noor Solar Power Plant in Morocco's Sahara Desert, in Solar Story--by relating it to the everyday life of a schoolgirl in a small village next to the plant.

As we see on a class field trip, the plant is not only bringing reliable power to the village and far beyond, but is providing jobs, changing lives, and upending the old ways of doing things--starting within the girl's own family.

Blending detail-filled watercolors, engaging cartoon-style narration, sidebars, and an afterword, the author showcases another community going green in amazing ways.

Praise for Solar Story

"Loose lines and cheery watercolors are equally deft at describing energetic, ebullient kids and the vast power plant. . .a surprisingly complex yet accessible exploration. A valuable look at sustainability and development." —Kirkus Reviews

“In kinetic, loose-lined illustrations washed with sunbaked hues, a group of classmates explores and explains topics including solar power, sustainability, and community development. The class visit to the plant frames statistics useful to young readers.” —Publishers Weekly

“Full-page art and double-page spreads convey a sense of Jasmine’s school and community, while spot art and occasional vertical and horizontal panels pace the flow of textual information.” —The Horn Book


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Allan Drummond

Allan Drummond is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including Green City, Energy Island,and Pedal Power. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London and currently lives in Suffolk, England.

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Photo by Gaye Drummond

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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