- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books; Reprint edition (February 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803740808
- ISBN-13: 978-0803740808
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 501 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* "This is a fascinating, well-told account that will intrigue curious minds . . . An inspiring, incredible story."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "Against astounding odds, Kamkwamba's eventual creation of a windmill to bring lighting to his family's home is nothing short of amazing. Compelling and informative for a broad readership and a good addition to STEM collections."—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for the original edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:
“William Kamkwamba’s achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.”—Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate
“This is an amazing, inspiring and heartwarming story! It’s about harnessing the power not just of the wind, but of imagination and ingenuity. Those are the most important forces we have for saving our planet. William Kamkwamba is a hero for our age.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin
“This book is inspirational. What William did took nothing more than initiative and a little learning, yet he changed his village and his life. There’s never been a better time to Do It Yourself, and I love how much we can learn from those who often have no other choice.”—Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and author of Free and The Long Tail
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My son and I struggled partway through some incredibly boring books on the middle school reading list. When it became apparent that he wouldn't finish on time, I desperately looked for something else on the list, knowing that whatever we picked would have to be read morning, noon, and night for him to finish on time. Thank goodness for this book! The story is fascinating and well told, and we thoroughly enjoyed a weekend of binge-reading it.
Even little brother read and enjoyed it with us - voluntarily.
This a great read for young and old, which I plan to pass on to their older sister and my parents.
It is not a book I would ever have chosen for any other reason.
I always try to read what they are reading so we can discuss it.
I had a difficult time reading the book because I do not understand anything concerning technology. However, I am glad I read it because we were able to discuss the hardships this young man experienced and, through it all, succeeded in doing what he sat out to do.
I think the book encouraged them to work hard to reach their goals.
By the way, they both (a girl and a boy) loved the book.
Top international reviews
the boy who harnessed the wind
He made the windmill in Africa.Everyone teased him when he went to the junkyard to collect stuff.
There is a saying “necessity is the mother of invention”
He invented this during a flood and generated electricity for his country.
I highly recommend this book to the young minds of India who want to help Delhi fight this pollution. It’s indeed a necessity now for survival.