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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Movie Tie-in Edition)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Young Readers Edition

Illustrated by Anna Hymas


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Movie Tie-in Edition)

About the Book

Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a young readers edition of a gripping memoir about survival and the perseverance of a heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village.

Product Details

On sale: February 5, 2015
Age: 10 and up
Grade: Grade 5 & Up
Page count: 304 Pages
ISBN: 9780803740808
Reading level: Lexile: 860L

Author Bio

William Kamkwamba recently graduated from Dartmouth College. The original version of his memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was a New York Times Bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He divides his time between Malawi and San Francisco, California.

Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which he wrote with William Kamkwamba. Since publication, the book has received many honors and has been translated into over a dozen languages. Mealer is also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Harper's and the Associated Press. His forthcoming book, The Kings of Big Spring, a multi-generational saga about his family in West Texas, will be published by Flatiron Books in early 2018. He and his family live in Austin.


Praise for the Young Readers Edition:

New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

* "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