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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ARC Arrival: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Publisher: William Morrow

I received this book from the publisher through Shelf Awareness.

About the book: "If you want to make it, all you have to do is try. . ."

He was mocked and called misala - crazy. But young William Kamkwamba struggled against the odds to fulfill a dream that would change his life in Malawi, a famine-stricken, landlocked nation on the southeastern tip of Africa. Using odds and ends found on his family's meager farm and in the local scrapyard - a broken shock absorber, a tractor fan, a bicycle frame and wheel, PVC pipe from a shower stall, tire rubber, stray copper wire, a clothesline - this fourteen-year-old boy, too poor to continue with school yet blessed with a rich imagination, embarked on a daring plan to build a windmill that would bring electricity - and hope - to his family's home.

With the help of his best friend and the support of his father, William forged a handmade contraption that created magetsi a mphepo - "electric wind" - that first powered four light bulbs and two radios in his family's compound and led to many other changes. With this one act of ingenuity and determination, William has become a worldwide sensation, offering hope, opportunity, and inspiration to millions everywhere. (from back cover)

See more of this amazing young man and his story.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Publisher/Publication Date: William Morrow, October 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-173032-0
288 pages


Donna said...

I've seen this book before. It's sounds really great!

bermudaonion said...

This looks so good - the trailer for this book made me cry.


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