The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

    • 4.3 • 201 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

Now a Netflix Film, Starring and Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2009
September 29
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
8.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Allie (WolfPack) ,

Very Interesting!

This book was great and had a lot of description. I loved learning of the beliefs and everyday life in Africa. The story flowed ok… I just have something to say if you are about to read the book. If you even think you are a slow reader, set goals for yourself in this book. I tried without a goal for the third of the book, and it turned out horribly. The book can go by slowly (especially this one) but if you are determined, it will be a breeze. I just don’t get why it talks more about the “famine” more than it talks about the actual windmill. It kind of threw me off guard at first because it didn’t go right into the topic of the book. But other than that, this book was extremely fascinating and I am planning to read similar books by the author!

cm010 ,

Terribly written but good story

It has a lot of potential it's just so poorly written. It goes off on random tangents that have no relation to the story at all. Much of the pages in this book are just filler as if to meet the publishers minimum amount of pages.

BrendaG990 ,

Amazing story about a boy never giving up.

First time I ever read anything in detail about Malawi. This boy's story of his hardship & disappointments growing up & him developing a plan by continued research, using the resources available is amazing. I recommend this book for all young people. Never give up!

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