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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Best book I've read in awhile.

Loved the book. Great narrator. An inspiration to everyone with dreams. I will definitely recommend this book to my students.

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  • Summer
  • Willcox, Arizona
  • 08-21-17

kids loved it

We listened to this on a long car drive and my 9 and 11 year old loved it. It was engaging, educational, inspiring and enjoyable. It fostered genuine compassion for the "starving people in Africa" and made us grateful for electricity, running water, plenty of food, and the opportunity for a good education. my kids say they hate reading and I keep telling them that if you embrace books and make them your friends, you can do anything. This book gave that idea flesh and bones.

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inspiring

the struggles we're real but he endured the pain and kept fighting to the very end

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Inspiring Novel

The overall message of this novel inspires me to recommit myself to my dreams and aspirations. Trial, error and disappointments are not the end, but the beginning of discovery. I will use the sentence, "If you want to make it, all you have to do is try" as my motivation. I enjoyed the book.

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Incredible story about a remarkable young man

This book perfectly tells the story of a young scientist and engineer. The young reader version was authentic and engaging. I am excited to listen with my children and let them be inspired just as I was.

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my kids (7&9) and I adored this book.

I am so grateful for the children's adaptation. it's an inspiring story that also helped give my kids an idea of what life is like for so many people born to less fortunate circumstances. highly recommend it. there are some difficult passages on starvation and death of a pet.

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The most inspiring life story

Would you listen to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition again? Why?

Inspiration has no borders. William Kamkwamba is a hero in our household. I recommend this for people of all ages. Just look for the age appropriate version and enjoy listening or reading. As for the audio, it still is my eight year old's favorite. I listened with him, more than once, enjoying each time and always being blown away with this young teenager - now grown into young man's- incredible journey. The narration is outstanding.

Who was your favorite character and why?

First and foremost William. Then, everyone and everything who played a role in shaping his life.

Which character – as performed by Korey Jackson – was your favorite?

William

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All

Any additional comments?

Just buy, listen, read, believe.

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What a fantastic story!

I recommend that young people of all ages listen to this story. It's captivating!

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You should read this book because it is very inspirational and fun to read. Listen to me and get this book.

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  • melissa
  • Eagar, AZ, United States
  • 04-20-17

Seriously so good!

We loved the narrator and the story! Great for engaging kids in science. A wonderful reminder of how blessed we are. Inspirational!