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The boy who harnessed the wind [electronic resource] / William Kamkwamba.

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  • ISBN: 9781101637425 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Edition: Young readers edition.

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Summary, etc.:
Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.
Target Audience Note:
Text Difficulty 4 - Text Difficulty 5
MG/Middle grades (4th-8th)
860 Lexile.
5.8 ATOS Level
Reproduction Note:
Electronic reproduction. New York : Dial Books, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 10994 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 December #2
    By now, Kamkwamba's story about his ingenious windmill is well-known—his 2009 memoir was a New York Times best-seller—and this young reader's edition of that memoir brings his story to a middle-grade audience. It's a good fit, especially since, at 14, Kamkwamba was not much older than his target age group when he set out to build "electric wind." After a devastating famine kept him out of school, he taught himself electrical engineering, and—equipped with insatiable curiosity and ample brains—Kamkwamba succeeded in building a windmill out of junk and found materials to electrify his home. Though some of the descriptions of the electrical components might go over the heads of most middle-grade readers, his inspirational story about determination and a deep love for science will nonetheless strike a chord with aspiring inventors, and the stark descriptions of famine-stricken Malawi will open young readers' eyes to the hard realities of life in a Third World country. Many kids will find a kindred spirit in Kamkwamba. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

William Kamkwamba recently graduated from Dartmouth College. The original version of his memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was a New York Times Bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He divides his time between Malawi and San Francisco, California.

Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which he wrote with William Kamkwamba. Since publication, the book has received many honors and has been translated into over a dozen languages. Mealer is also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Harper's and the Associated Press. His forthcoming book, The Kings of Big Spring, a multi-generational saga about his family in West Texas, will be published by Flatiron Books in early 2018. He and his family live in Austin.

Subject: Juvenile Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
Genre: Electronic books.

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