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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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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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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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An inspiring true story!

William is my hero!
He rose from poverty and made his mark on the world. He will be honored for generations to come.

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Excellent and inspirational!

Really enjoyed listening to this book with my children!! I highly recommend it, especially for homeschooling families!

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Inspiring!

I loved William’s ingenuity and perseverance. Also his sense of family. The hardships they endured were heartbreaking, but he survived and even thrived. He is a great example of a growth mindset. This book is required reading in our home. The young reader’s edition was fine for me (age 51) and my son (age 12).

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I am humbled and amazed by William Kamkwamba!

William Kamkwamba is an inspiration to people of all ages. The strength he has to endure such hardships and never give up on his dreams are nothing but amazing. Highly recommend this book! You will not be disappointed!

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I can not recommend this book enough!

This is the first review I’ve ever felt compelled to actually write for Audible. As a homeschool mom of two boys, ages 8 & 10, this was just the most wonderful story. It was an eye (or ear) opening description full of REAL life struggle (far from the privileged expanse of the United States), a superb example of sheer grit and determination, science and innovation, and what can happen when you keep trying for your dreams, even if it’s difficult. I oftentimes find it hard to really explain to my boys how easy they have things, and how good their life is, and this was a favorite listen for all of us. And we listen to lots of audiobooks on our weekly car trips! Highly recommend. It was also beautifully narrated. Two thumbs up!

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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.