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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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 wit... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781984816122
Barcode 9781984816122
Published 26 March 2019 by Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Mealer, Bryan
By Kamkwamba, William
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ISBN-13 9781984816122
ISBN-10 1984816128
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Razorbill
Publication Date 26 March 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Mealer, Bryan
By Kamkwamba, William
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Biography & Autobiography
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 236g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Poor children - Biography - Malawi, Self-culture - Malawi, Windmills - Design and construction, Electric power production - Malawi, Rural electrification - Malawi
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 968.97042092
Catalogue Code 977135

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review [An] inspiring story of curiosity and ingenuity. -- Publishers Weekly This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth. -- Wall Street Journal A powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's picture book. -- The Boston Globe This is a dynamic portrait of a young person whose connection to the land, concern for his community, and drive to solve problems offer an inspiring model. -- School Library Journal Zunon illustrates handsomely, with contrasting cut-paper-collage details and broad, sere landscapes painted in visibly textured oils. -- Kirkus This picture book in accessible free verse will draw kids who love to construct their own engineering gadgets. -- Booklist Cooperative Children's Book Center's 2013 Best-of-the-year list. -- CCBC

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Author's Bio

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.

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