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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Paperback)

By Mealer, Bryan
By Kamkwamba, William

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True story of a boy growing up in an improvised, desolate central Africa. The 14 year old William Kamkwamba learned about electrical windmills at a small library, and after weeks of foraging for junk parts, he did the incredible.

ISBN 9780147510426
Barcode 9780147510426
Published 29 February 2016 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780147510426
ISBN-10 0147510422
Stock Available
Status Reprinting locally, In Stock Internationally
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin
Publication Date 29 February 2016
International Publication Date 5 January 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Mealer, Bryan
By Kamkwamba, William
Category History
Human Geography / Peoples Of The World
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 236g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Biography, Inventors, Electric power production, Irrigation, Malawi
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 968.97042092
Catalogue Code 631378

Description of this Book

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village adapted for young readers. Now available in paperback! 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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