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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.) [Paperback]

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Item Description...
One of the co-authors tells his engaging and inspiring true story of hope, tenacity and imagination, in which as an African teenager he built a windmill from scraps, creating electricity for his villageand a better life for himself and his family. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

Publishers Description

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala--crazy--but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2014
Publisher   Harper Perennial
Age  11-17
ISBN  0061730335  
EAN  9780061730337  

Availability  9115 units.
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The Boy who Harnessed the Wind  Jan 17, 2010
This was a Christmas present for a grandson. I Had seen a spot about it on the Today Show that morning. It sounded like the perfect gift for one of our grandsons.
Hope for Africa  Jan 9, 2010
An inspiring book about quest for knowledge by a wonderful human being overcoming nearly impossible obstacles to help his village. Well written and captures conditions of living in a village in Malawi in a matter of fact presentation. William Kamkwamba's story is compelling, honest, and heartwarming. This should be at the top of everyone's reading list.
Going from witchcraft to windmills... the transformation of William Kamkwamba  Jan 9, 2010
William Kamkwamba was born into the family of a trader in Malawi, Africa. His father, battling a temper and a drinking problem, decides to become a farmer like his successful brother soon after William is born, raising tobacco as a cash crop and maize for feeding his family. William lives in a culture ruled by tradition and magic. Life is good, until the government policies increase the price of fertilizer and a severe drought hits the land. Then, traditions and magic are no answer to empty bellies, rising food prices, and cholera.

In the midst of all this, William has to drop out of school because his family cannot afford tuition. He and his friend had always dabbled in radio repair, but at a local library, he got a copy of an American textbook titled Using Energy. In it, he learned that windmills can be used to generate electricity. With electricity, his family wouldn't have to buy kerosene for lamps, and could pump water to irrigate the crops even during a drought. As he tinkered, he was accused of being a madman, crazy, and even even a witch, but he did produce a functioning windmill, his "electric wind." It got noticed, and William's adventures expanded beyond Malawi. This book is the tale of William's life to date, told with the assistance of writer Bryan Mealer.

This book is interesting and inspirational. William is reaping what he has sown; he developed his current opportunities through his hard work and experimentation. I sensed the direction of the story was the evolution of William's worldview, from one believing in magic and special powers, to one of a quest for knowledge and the process of experimentation. I am surprised that the women and girls in William's life are, for the most part, invisible. It's hard to image that William's sisters, and the sisters' friends, were oblivious to all his efforts.

I hope William Kamkwamba becomes successful in his search for cheap and abundant energy for his countrymen and women. Success stories are desperately needed in places where people are desperate.
Awe-Inspiring!  Jan 7, 2010
Read it yourself, share it with your significant other, hand it to any moody kid over 8 who thinks life sucks! Say "insurmountable odds" and you barely encompass the challenges this 14 year old in the middle of a famine faces as he tries to change his beloved, poverty stricken village for the better.
This true story is about hope and inspiration in a world the average American can't wrap his mind around. William Kamkwamba is an endearing African teenager, who speaks simply and honestly, with the drive and persistence of a real hero.
Inspiring Story  Jan 5, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its a quick read, but a truly unforgettable one. It was truly inspiring to read the story of a boy who didn't try to find excuses in the situation which he was born into, but rather used it as motivation to do something big. Great book!

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