The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

Book - 2009
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This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061730320
0061730327
Branch Call Number: 621.453 K
Characteristics: 273 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mealer, Bryan

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This junior version of the best-seller for adults describes how fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba saves his drought-blighted Malawi village: after teaching himself English and reading science books at a library donated by "the Americans," he creates a windmill from odd parts.


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AL_MARCIA Apr 24, 2017

This is an amazing story! William (a teenage boy) struggles with his family and other villagers through drought and subsequent famine. Once he survives, he uses resources from a local library to educate himself in complicated scientific concepts. His ingenuity and persistence leads to remarkable changes. His story is truly inspirational.

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rationallady
Mar 31, 2017

Besides the inspiring story of a poor African overcoming adversity, this true story shows the day to day life of poverty, including living through a famine-yet it is never depressing.

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MadeinAK
Sep 30, 2016

This is an amazing story about a boy who isn't able to go to school but teaches himself from a book how to power his village. Incredible and inspiring!

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CL70
Nov 19, 2015

outstanding

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amywitherow
Oct 03, 2015

I listened to the audio version of this book and really liked it. I was impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the teenager towards science and to the solution of his problems, in particular providing light at home so he could read more!

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berthajeanj
Apr 19, 2015

Even children can make a difference.

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BWilsoned
Aug 25, 2014

This is a most inspiring book! What William does with his time and curiosity is flabbergasting. Readers are introduced to Malawian culture and politics and a topic many people won't identify with: famine.
William follows his dreams, even when his hopes of secondary school falter for lack of money. His determination and perseverance pay big rewards for him, his family, his village, and his country.

IPL_Mandy Jun 04, 2014

Inspiring story of a teenager who brought stable electricity access to his small Malawi village by building a windmill. In doing so he changed not only his village, but the course of his life. Don't miss Kamkwamba's Ted Talk from 2009. Serving suggestion: chambo (fish) with cassava

orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

This is a wonderful story about a boy who used his knowledge to build something everyone can use to make themselves better.

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GetLitLou
Dec 23, 2011

A wonderful book, well written and engaging. It shows what happens when people have access to libraries!

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

orange_dolphin_185 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

violet_butterfly_4094 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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imaginethat
Mar 31, 2011

imaginethat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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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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