The bestselling story of the young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village, now in an accessible middle grade edition
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. The family was starving, and they could hardly find money for food, let alone school fees. Forced to drop out, William began to explore the science books in his village library. There, he came up with an 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 would bring electricity to his home and help his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.
Retold for a middle grade audience, this inspiring memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world.
©2015 William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Dial Books for Young Readers, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
"Speaking in accented English, narrator Korey Jackson captures the lighthearted tone as William describes his early life in a remote Malawian village.... Korey Jackson succeeds in portraying Kamkwamba as the affable and motivating young man that he is." (AudioFile)
I read this book with my students and we loved it! They loved that it is based on a true story and it inspired one student to go home and make his own model of a windmill. We enjoyed learning about his country and culture-as his experience is so different from ours. William's story is inspiring and has positive message worth reading.
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