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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition Audiobook

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

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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.

What the Critics Say

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

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

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    Very interesting at the beginning. Hooks you and makes it hard to stop listening. Did get pretty slow towards the end and had to force myself to finish. The narrator was excellent.

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    "Inspiring and exciting"

    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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    A great book about an iintelligenr, nventive boy who responded to needs in his community and believed in himself despite peer pressure and criticism. Great reading

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