The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)

84%

22 Critic Reviews

Beyond being a “good story,” this book gives its readers a rare chance to be involved in extending the real-life story of hope and to understand the power of the human spirit to overcome great adversity and singly make a difference in the world—to build windmills of our own.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the immensely engaging and inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community. William Kamkwamba shares the remarkable story of his youth in Malawi, Africa—a  nation crippled by intense poverty, famine, and the AIDS plague—and how, with tenacity and imagination, he built a better life for himself, his family, and his village. The poignant and uplifting story of Kamkwamba’s inspiration and personal triumph, co-written with Bryan Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has already won ringing praise from former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore as well as Paolo Coelho, internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist.

 

About William Kamkwamba

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William Kamkwamba was a 2007 TED Global Fellow and a finalist for the Tech Museum Award. He is a student at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
 
Published September 16, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 06 2016

This exquisite tale strips life down to its barest essentials, and once there finds reason for hopes and dreams, and is especially resonant for Americans given the economy and increasingly heated debates over health care and energy policy.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 14 2016

This exquisite tale strips life down to its barest essentials, and once there finds reason for hopes and dreams, and is especially resonant for Americans given the economy and increasingly heated debates over health care and energy policy.

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Guardian

Above average
on Oct 03 2009

Kamkwamba shows that innovation and resourcefulness are not lacking in the poorest countries...

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Dec 05 2011

Tradition and “tales of magic” combine with the promise of technology in this inspiring story of curiosity and ingenuity.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Cathy Puett Miller on May 02 2016

Beyond being a “good story,” this book gives its readers a rare chance to be involved in extending the real-life story of hope and to understand the power of the human spirit to overcome great adversity and singly make a difference in the world—to build windmills of our own.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jan 11 2012

The story is told in simple prose which even young children will understand. At the end of the book is a two page explanation of the events including the details missing from the story.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
on Jul 27 2010

Beyond being a “good story,” this book gives its readers a rare chance to be involved in extending the real-life story of hope...

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Book Reporter

Good
on Sep 29 2009

You can be sure the world is not through hearing about William Kamkwamba. Lucky world.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
on Oct 15 2009

...the infectious enthusiasm, heartbreaking tragedy, and final triumph make for an unforgettable story of success in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Suite 101

Above average
on Sep 16 2010

He is a great inspiration to the people of Malawi and to the rest of the World.

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Denver Post

Good
on Nov 15 2009

Kamkwamba's journey continues, and the reader can hope for nothing but the best for him. But of greater worth is the humbling and inspiring example of intuition, inventiveness and determination that fuel Kamkwamba's journey.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott on Sep 29 2009

Have you ever cried with joy? If not, then here’s your chance. This tale, a true story of determination, conquering adversity and ingenuity lost and found in a hostile landscape, will make you cheer...You can be sure the world is not through hearing about William Kamkwamba. Lucky world.

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BellaOnline

Good

William's book is an extremely interesting account of life in Malawi and a fast reader.

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Wired

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Ceceri on Feb 10 2012

It shows the potential of green energy to change a country, the value of determination, and the power of books. What a wonderful message to share with any child!

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Boing Boing

Excellent
on Sep 29 2009

It's nothing short of monumental.

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BookDragon

Good
on Feb 18 2010

His joyful devotion and utter pride in the potential of his country and all of Africa is thoroughly contagious – and you can’t help but cheer...

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Kepler's

Good

William’s book is a marvel of innovation and solutions for a new generation growing into the challenges of our modern world.

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A Book and a Hug

Good

This is the heart-rendering and inspiring true story...

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The Horn Book

Good
Reviewed by DEAN SCHNEIDER on Feb 04 2015

...because of the book’s prologue, readers know that William’s wind machine will be successful and that they, the readers, are to be inspired. And it is inspiring — a well-told true tale of one young man’s passion for science making his world better.

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Bundaberg Regional Libraries

Good
Reviewed by Sue on Mar 22 2012

The book is beautifully written by both authors, and one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read. In this National Year of Reading, it is a testament to the power of education, and the importance of libraries and books in their ability to inspire and inform.

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St. Cloud Visitor

Good
Reviewed by Anna Jonas on Jan 15 2010

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an amazing and uplifting story of how a young man's determination and will overcome many hardships to better the lives of his family and village.

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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Good
Reviewed by Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children on Apr 01 2012

This picture book version of the adult best seller shines the spotlight on an inspiring teen who worked hard against all odds to bring electricity and water to his village. The compelling story provides an opportunity to introduce young learners to a number of economics concepts...

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