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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba


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PUBLISHED: 19th March 2019
ISBN: 9781984816122
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  • Paperback
    $11.40
PUBLISHED: 19th March 2019
ISBN: 9781984816122

Publisher Description

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.

Author Biography

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.

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

Product Details

Author
Bryan Mealer, William Kamkwamba
Pages
304
Publisher
Penguin Putnam Inc
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1984816128
ISBN-13
9781984816122
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illustrations, unspecified
Publication Date
2019-03-19
Audience Age
10