The boy who harnessed the wind by Kamkwamba, William (#0453DZ6)


The boy who harnessed the wind

by Kamkwamba, William; illustrated by Hymas, Anna
Paperback Puffin Books, 2015


From the Publisher
A life-changing plan.

When William Kamkwamba was a young teen, a terrible famine struck his tiny village in Malawi, Africa. The loss of crops left his family with nothing to eat or sell. Without money, William was forced to drop out of school.

Fortunately, William found hope in the village library. There, he came up with an idea that would change the lives of the people around him. He would build a windmill.

Made from junkyard scraps, William's amazing creation would bring electricity to his home. It would help his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. And it would turn this ordinary African teenager into a hero known all around the world as the boy who harnessed the wind.

'William Kamkwamba's achievements . . . should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.' Al Gore, former vice president of the United States and Nobel Prize winner
Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 12/15/14
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 11/15/14
  • Library Media Connection, 09/01/15
  • School Library Journal starred, 11/01/14
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 02/01/15
Product Details
  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: Young readers edition.
  • Dewey: 621.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 293 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 20 cm
  • Tracings: Mealer, Bryan, author. ; Hymas, Anna, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-14-751042-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-14-751042-6
  • Follett Number: 0453DZ6
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 6.2
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.8
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 9
  • AR Quiz: 171666EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 15
  • Lexile: 860L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: P