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The boy who harnessed the wind

by Kamkwamba, William, 1987-

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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "By now, Kamkwamba's story about his ingenious windmill is well-known his 2009 memoir was a New York Times best-seller and this young reader's edition of that memoir brings his story to a middle-grade audience. It's a good fit, especially since, at 14, Kamkwamba was not much older than his target age group when he set out to build electric wind. After a devastating famine kept him out of school, he taught himself electrical engineering, and equipped with insatiable curiosity and ample brains Kamkwamba succeeded in building a windmill out of junk and found materials to electrify his home. Though some of the descriptions of the electrical components might go over the heads of most middle-grade readers, his inspirational story about determination and a deep love for science will nonetheless strike a chord with aspiring inventors, and the stark descriptions of famine-stricken Malawi will open young readers' eyes to the hard realities of life in a Third World country. Many kids will find a kindred spirit in Kamkwamba.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
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Subjects Kamkwamba, William, 1987- Juvenile literature
Mechanical engineers Malawi Biography Juvenile literature
Inventors Malawi Biography Juvenile literature
Windmills Malawi Juvenile literature
Electric power production Malawi Juvenile literature
Irrigation Malawi Juvenile literature
Mechanical engineers
Windmills Malawi
Electric power production Malawi
Irrigation Malawi
Biography & Autobiography
Young Adult Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Young Readers Group2015
Contributors Mealer, Bryan, author.
OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Reading grade levels: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.
Language English
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ISBN 9781101637425
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