The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Young Readers Edition
Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/30/2009)
Digital Audiobook (2/4/2015)
Compact Disc (2/5/2015)
Compact Disc (1/5/2016)
Hardcover, Chinese (9/1/2020)
MP3 CD (1/5/2016)
Paperback, Chinese (12/1/2015)
Paperback, Large Print (10/13/2009)
October 2009 Indie Next List
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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. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the 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 brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.
Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.
Praise For The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition…
"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
Rocky Pond Books, 9780147510426, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
About the Author
Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which he wrote with William Kamkwamba. Since publication, the book has received many honors and has been translated into over a dozen languages. Mealer is also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Harper's and the Associated Press. His forthcoming book, The Kings of Big Spring, a multi-generational saga about his family in West Texas, will be published by Flatiron Books in early 2018. He and his family live in Austin.