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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Young Readers Edition

eBook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781101637425
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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 w... Read More »

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 w... Read More »

When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill th... Read More »

When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill th... Read More »

This exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Own Voices


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Cindy_163
Jun 14, 2021

The‌ ‌story‌ ‌is‌ ‌based‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌true‌ ‌story‌ ‌about‌ ‌13-year-old‌ ‌William,‌ ‌whose‌ ‌family‌ ‌is‌ ‌unable‌ ‌to‌ ‌afford‌ ‌the‌ ‌tuition‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌he‌ ‌
loves,‌ ‌resulting‌‌ ‌in‌ ‌him‌ ‌getting‌ ‌thrown‌ ‌out.‌ ‌Nevertheless,‌ ‌by‌ ‌sneaking‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌library,‌ ‌he‌ ‌learns‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌build‌ ‌a windmill‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌save‌ ‌his‌ ‌village‌ ‌from‌ ‌starvation.‌ ‌

This‌ ‌book‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌perfect‌ ‌book‌ ‌for‌ ‌those‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌fascinated‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌lives‌ ‌and‌ ‌struggles‌ ‌of‌ ‌those‌ ‌who‌ ‌changed‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌or‌ ‌
made‌ ‌a‌ ‌positive‌ ‌impact‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌people.‌ ‌Furthermore,‌ ‌the‌ ‌book‌ ‌introduces‌ ‌different‌ ‌perspectives‌ ‌of‌ ‌individuals‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌they‌ ‌
may‌ ‌go‌ ‌through‌ ‌life.‌ ‌

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marshalldebby2
Feb 03, 2021

Age 10

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gerryms
Jan 13, 2021

wow. amazing. truly great person and great book.

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emihelich
Aug 03, 2020

This is a great book. I've read it three times. I highly recommend it.

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Rdsmith05
Jun 13, 2019

This book is a true story of the author, William Kamkwamba, who grew up in a tiny village in Malawi, Africa, with no power or running water. When a terrible famine strikes his village, and his dog dies and cousin almost dies as well, he drops out of school and decides to build a windmill to power his village. During regular trips to the junkyard, the townsfolk call him insane, but when the giant machine rises into the sky and turns wind into electricity, they think otherwise.

What I liked about this book is the idea of a windmill, which is so far off, and then actually doing it! Though I think there is too much description on the machinery he uses, this is a great book. I also think it would make a great graphic novel because of all the different settings and pictures that I would love to see!

Simon S. , age 10

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darladoodles
Oct 17, 2018

This edition is the one that was especially written for young readers. What I loved about this simpler edition was the special message Kamkwamba had for younsters in his epilogue as well as the additional details about his life and his projects since he wrote his first book in 2009. The simpler scientific explanations were also more appealing to me. It is also clear that William realizes his dependence on his heavenly Father and more than once speaks of his gratitude for the blessings he and his family now enjoy. A wonderful book for both boys and girls.

KyCCL Sep 29, 2018

Has there ever been a time when you thought ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘this is too hard’? I bet there has. But you know what? Each time you keep trying at something, you’re getting better at it, and closer to succeeding.
William lived in a little village in Malawi, was too poor to go to school, and was really hungry from getting no food because there was a famine. But he had a dream - wanted to bring electricity to his people - and by usibg his library, teaching himself, and not listening to the negative comments of those who laughed at him, he did what he set out to do.
This was a great book, and I’m interested to listen to the full version now to learn even more about this talented young man.

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MELIA MILLS
Apr 23, 2018

Great story that shows that you don't have to be the smart kid to do something big. This story proves that ordinary people can make a huge difference.

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patcarstensen
Dec 16, 2017

What an amazing person.

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KMJ_
Oct 13, 2017

William Kamkwamba tells his life story in a vivid and engaging way. While the book is ultimately hopeful, it is incredibly sad at times. William describes the famine in Malawi and everything that his family had to do in order to survive, while many people in his community didn’t survive. While he has to drop out of school during the famine, he decides to continue learning on his own by visiting the library. There he is inspired to create a windmill that will help his family and community. The descriptions of the gadgets that he used to construct the windmill are fascinating. It’s an important book to read, and it is a very inspirational book in the end.

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BWilsoned
Aug 25, 2014

"Using a flathead screwdriver we'd hammered out of a bicycle spoke. . . ."

"'Where did you get such an idea?' 'The library.'"

"Really, how can you drive a truck and not know how it works?"

orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

He closed his eyes and saw a windmill outside his home pulling electricity from the breeze and bringing light to the dark valley

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

This is about a boy even though he was poor and because of problems with crops did not even have food to eat ,he used his mind to create something which would help his entire village .With his invention he was trying to bring light to the village with light they were able to work later so their families would be provided for.

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