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Boy Who Harnessed the Wind : Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

by William Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer Paperback
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  • AR Level6.4
  • AR Quiz Number139960
  • AR Quiz Points15
  • AuthorWilliam Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer
  • Page Count320
  • ISBN100061730335
  • ISBN139780061730337
  • PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
  • Year Published2010
  • Grade Level5 - 12
  • Type of BookNon-Fiction
  • SubjectWater supply & treatment
    Electrical engineering
    Management of land & natural resources
    Mechanical engineering
    Rural communities
  • ImprintWilliam Morrow Paperbacks

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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.

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