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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind LP: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind LP: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

By Kamkwamba, William
By Mealer, Bryan

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the immensely engaging and inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community. William Kamkwamba shares the remarkable story of his youth in Malawi, Afr... read full description below.

ISBN 9780061884986
Barcode 9780061884986
Published 13 October 2009 by HarperLuxe
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
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ISBN-13 9780061884986
ISBN-10 0061884987
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher HarperLuxe
Imprint HarperLuxe
Publication Date 13 October 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Large type / large print edition
Edition Large type / large print edition
Author(s) By Kamkwamba, William
By Mealer, Bryan
Category Award Winning
Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
History Of Engineering & Technology
Alternative & Renewable Energy Sources & Technology
Number of Pages 442
Dimensions Width: 166mm
Height: 230mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 485g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Autobiography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code B
Catalogue Code 992126

Description of this Book

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a land withered by drought and hunger, a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring his family electricity and running water, luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford. He used scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves to forge a crude machine that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second windmill turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine looming with every season. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those on an entire continent.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Nautilus Award (Ecology/Environment) 2010
NZ Review I was moved first to laughter, and then to tears by William's explanation of how he turned some PVC pipe, a broken bicycle and some long wooden poles into a machine capable of generating sufficient current to power lights and a radio in his parents' house. -- Ethan Zuckerman, cofounder, Global Voices

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Author's Bio

William Kamkwamba was a 2007 TED Global Fellow and a finalist for the Tech Museum Award. He is a student at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Bryan Mealer is the author of All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo. He is a former Associated Press staff correspondent and his work has appeared in several magazines, including Harper's and Esquire. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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