The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

Version: Unabridged
Author: William Kamkwamba , Bryan Mealer
Narrator: Korey Jackson
Genres: Educational, Autobiography
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: February 2015
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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The bestselling story of the young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village, now in an accessible middle grade edition

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. The family was starving, and they could hardly find money for food, let alone school fees. Forced to drop out, William began to explore the science books in his village library. There, he came up with an 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 would bring electricity to his home and help his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Retold for a middle grade audience, this inspiring memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy s brilliant idea can light up the world."

Author Details

Author Details

Kamkwamba, William

William Kamkwamba is a student at African Leadership Academy and a 2007 TED Global Fellow. He has been profiled in "The Wall Street Journal" and, in 2008, he delivered an address at the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Mealer, Bryan

Bryan Mealer is the author of All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo. He is a former Associated Press staff correspondent and his work has appeared in several magazines, including Harper's and Esquire. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.