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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - Bryan;Kamkwamba, William; Mealer

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Published: 29th February 2016
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
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A life-changing plan.

When William Kamkwamba was a young teen, a terrible famine struck his tiny village in Malawi, Africa. The loss of crops left his family with nothing to eat or sell. Without money, William was forced to drop out of school.

Fortunately, William found hope in the village library. There, he came up with an idea that would change the lives of the people around him. He would build a windmill.

Made from junkyard scraps, William's amazing creation would bring electricity to his home. It would help his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. And it would turn this ordinary African teenager into a hero known all around the world as the boy who harnessed the wind.

About the Author

William Kamkwamba recently graduated from Dartmouth College. The original version of his memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was a New York Times Bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He divides his time between Malawi and San Francisco, California.

Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town and All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a reporter for the Associated Press and Harper's. His work has appeared in the anthology Best American Travel Writing and was chosen for an Overseas Press Club Award Citation. He lives in Austin, Texas.

"Zunon illustrates handsomely, with contrasting cut-paper-collage details and broad, sere landscapes painted in visibly textured oils."--Kirkus "This picture book in accessible free verse will draw kids who love to construct their own engineering gadgets."--Booklist "This is a dynamic portrait of a young person whose connection to the land, concern for his community, and drive to solve problems offer an inspiring model."--School Library Journal "A powerful, gorgeously illustrated children''s picture book."--The Boston Globe "This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth."--Wall Street Journal "A powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's picture book."--The Boston Globe "[An] inspiring story of curiosity and ingenuity." -- Publishers Weekly "This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth." -- Wall Street Journal "A powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's picture book." -- The Boston Globe "This is a dynamic portrait of a young person whose connection to the land, concern for his community, and drive to solve problems offer an inspiring model." -- School Library Journal "Zunon illustrates handsomely, with contrasting cut-paper-collage details and broad, sere landscapes painted in visibly textured oils." -- Kirkus "This picture book in accessible free verse will draw kids who love to construct their own engineering gadgets." -- Booklist Cooperative Children's Book Center's 2013 Best-of-the-year list. -- CCBC -[An] inspiring story of curiosity and ingenuity.- -- Publishers Weekly -This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth.- -- Wall Street Journal -A powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's picture book.- -- The Boston Globe -This is a dynamic portrait of a young person whose connection to the land, concern for his community, and drive to solve problems offer an inspiring model.- -- School Library Journal -Zunon illustrates handsomely, with contrasting cut-paper-collage details and broad, sere landscapes painted in visibly textured oils.- -- Kirkus -This picture book in accessible free verse will draw kids who love to construct their own engineering gadgets.- -- Booklist Cooperative Children's Book Center's 2013 Best-of-the-year list. -- CCBC

ISBN: 9780147510426
ISBN-10: 0147510422
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 29th February 2016
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1