The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Publication Date: 01/05/2016
Themes: Malawi, Africa, Irrigation, Inventors, Biography
Age: 10+ years old
Pages: 304


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



About the Authors

William Kamkwamba was born in 1987 and grew up near the village of Wimbe in central Malawi. A recent graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, he is a TED Fellow and IDEO Fellow, and has been a speaker at conferences and universities throughout the United States and world. His work is supported by the Moving Windmills Project, a nonprofit group that funds Malawian-run rural economic development and education projects.

Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town and All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo, and has worked as a journalist for the Associated Press and Harper's. he is also the co-author, with William Kamkwamba, of the original edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which is a New York Times besetller and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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