The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
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    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
    • Format: Paperback Book
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A drought left parts of Malawi with no crops to eat and to sell, so William decided to build a windmill to bring electricity to his village—and changed the lives of the villagers.

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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 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.

Told for a young audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Includes photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 5 - 8
    • Ages: 10 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-94603-2