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The boy who harnessed the wind [Young Readers edition] (2015)

by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer (Author)

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Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. 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.… (more)
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Independent Reading Level: 5 - 9 grades

Awards: Alex Award from the American Library Association in 2010
  RChilds00 | Dec 6, 2023 |
Description: Based on a true story, this book follows William Kamkwamba's determination to bring electricity to his Malawian village through wind power.
Age Group: 8-12 years
  DanielSA | Jun 12, 2023 |
This chapter book follows William Kamkwamba, a boy in Malawi, who decides to create a windmill to help his family farm and produce food through the drought plaguing his village. To do so, William uses his knowledge of science and engineering to construct the windmill that will allow his family to pump water to, and provide electricity for, their farm.
Science content and Malawian culture are exhibited throughout this book. Science and writing activities could be created from the book. Students create their own windmill or reflect on their thoughts on the book.
This book can also be used to inspire kids to make a positive change in their community and show them that it only takes one person to make a difference in someone's life. ( )
  kelly.koeper | May 1, 2023 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 4-5
Awards: won the Alex Award from the American Library Association in 2010 ( )
  Zynasia | Apr 18, 2023 |
A captivating story about the main character William. He is from the Masitala Village outside of Kasungu, Malawi. His family lives on a farm where people make their living growing maize, and tobacco. William is a bright, and adventurous boy that is determined to build a windmill for his family to make energy to power lights and a water pump to irrigate the family farm. It's a wonderful story that deals with a persons willingness to overcome any odds to get what they desire.
  frank.williams | Feb 23, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
William Kamkwambaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Mealer, BryanAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, LindseyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hymas, AnnaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jackson, KoreyReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rubero, JasmineDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiggins, MikeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zunon, ElizabethIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The machine was ready. (Prologue)
My name is William Kamkwamba, and to understand the story that I am about to tell, you must first understand the country that raised me.
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This is the Young Reader's Edition of this title. Please do not combine with the original, which has the subtitle : Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, or the Picture Book Edition, as they are separate works.
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Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. 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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