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  • Published: 29 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780147510426
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $14.99

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind




The bestselling story of the young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village

A life-changing plan.

When William Kamkwamba was a young teen, a terrible famine struck his tiny village in Malawi, Africa. The loss of crops left his family with nothing to eat or sell. Without money, William was forced to drop out of school.

Fortunately, William found hope in the village library. There, he came up with an idea that would change the lives of the people around him. He would build a windmill.

Made from junkyard scraps, William's amazing creation would bring electricity to his home. It would help his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. And it would turn this ordinary African teenager into a hero known all around the world as the boy who harnessed the wind.

'William Kamkwamba's achievements . . . 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 of the United States and Nobel Prize winner

  • Pub date: 29 February 2016
  • ISBN: 9780147510426
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Authors

William Kamkwamba

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.


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