The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition Audiobook, by William Kamkwamba Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Bryan Mealer, William Kamkwamba Narrator: Korey Jackson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781501227967

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

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. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the 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 brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world.

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  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein
  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Tail
  • “This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience, and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth.”

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “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.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “This youth edition of the original adult book of the same title has been skillfully adapted for middle grade readers…This is a fascinating, well-told account that will intrigue curious minds…Of interest to all-school reading programs. An inspiring, incredible story.”

    - School Library Journal (starred review)
  • “This newest incarnation of Kamkwamba’s tale is as absorbing as its predecessor…The text does not spare readers the effects of starvation and grinding poverty on humans and animals. However, there are also many descriptions of how and why power-generating inventions work, and the passages about creating tools from almost nothing are reminiscent of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series. 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.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Will draw kids who love to construct their own engineering gadgets.”

    - Booklist
  • “[A] simple, uplifting tale.”

    - Children’s Literature
  • “Young listeners are the perfect audience for William Kamkwamba’s inspiring memoir. Speaking in accented English, narrator Korey Jackson captures the lighthearted tone as William describes his early life in a remote Malawian village. Dialogue includes friendly banter in William’s native Chichewa language. The listener can’t help but like this fair, friendly, and inquisitive teenager…Korey Jackson succeeds in portraying Kamkwamba as the affable and motivating young man that he is. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

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. He continues to be an inspiration to the people of his country.

About the Narrator

Korey Jackson, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, is an actor, known for his roles in the films 37, Life Itself, and Anesthesia. He earned his MFA in acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.