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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Young Readers Edition

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Narrator Korey Jackson
Length 6 hours 39 minutes
Language English
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Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village.

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.

William Kamkwamba (williamkamkwamba.com) was born in 1987 and grew up near the village of Wimbe in central Malawi. A recent graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, he is a TED Fellow and IDEO Fellow, and has been a speaker at conferences and universities throughout the United States and the world. His work is supported by the Moving Windmills Project, a nonprofit group that funds Malawian-run rural economic development and education projects (movingwindmills.com).

Bryan Mealer (bryanmealer.com) is the author of Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town and All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo, and has worked as a journalist for the Associated Press and Harper’s. He is also the coauthor, with William Kamkwamba, of the original edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which is a New York Times bestseller and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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