The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


By (author) William Kamkwamba, By (author) Bryan Mealer, Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

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  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 282mm x 13mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0803735111
  • ISBN 13: 9780803735118
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 50,764

Product description

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.

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Author information

William Kamkwamba ( currently attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Bryan Mealer ( lives in Brooklyn, New York. The original version of their "Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" was a New York Times Bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Elizabeth Zunon grew up in Ivory Coast, West Africa, and now lives in Albany, New York.

Review quote

"A powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's picture book."--The Boston Globe