The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Kamkwamba, William; Mealer, Bryan; Zunon, Elizabeth (Illustrator)

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.


An adaptation for young readers of a best-selling memoir follows the experiences of fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba, who built a windmill out of junkyard scraps to bring electricity to his famine-stricken Malawi village.

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J621.453092 K158b
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