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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

In this memoir adapted for young readers, William Kamkwamba describes the drought that struck his tiny village in Malawi, his subsequent interest in science, and his idea to build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780803740808
Barcode 9780803740808
Published 15 January 2017 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Kamkwamba, William
By Mealer, Bryan
Illustrated by Hymas, Anna
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ISBN-13 9780803740808
ISBN-10 0803740808
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Dial Books for Young Readers,US
Publication Date 15 January 2017
International Publication Date 5 February 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kamkwamba, William
By Mealer, Bryan
Illustrated by Hymas, Anna
Category Science
Technology & Applied Sciences
Human Geography / Peoples Of The World
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 482g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Electric power production, Irrigation, Malawi, Mechanical engineers, Windmills
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 621.042
Catalogue Code 730787

Description of this Book

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village is now perfect for young readers 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 William Kamkwamba's achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story. (Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate) This is an amazing, inspiring and heartwarming story! It's about harnessing the power not just of the wind, but of imagination and ingenuity. Those are the most important forces we have for saving our planet. William Kamkwamba is a hero for our age. (Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin) This book is inspirational. What William did took nothing more than initiative and a little learning, yet he changed his village and his life. There's never been a better time to Do It Yourself, and I love how much we can learn from those who often have no other choice. (Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and author of Free and The Long Tail)

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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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