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The boy who harnessed the wind / William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer ; pictures by Elizabeth Zunon.

Kamkwamba, William 1987- (author.). Mealer, Bryan, (author.). Zunon, Elizabeth, (illustrator.).

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Rockville Public Library JB KAMKWAMBA (Text to phone) 34035128951783 Juvenile Biography Available -

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General Note: Accelerated Reader 5.3.
Reading Counts! 6.3.
AR LG 5.3 0.5.
Charter Oak Children’s Book Award (COCBA) Nominee, 2013-2014.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Elementary, 2015.
Summary, etc.: "When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes"--
Target Audience Note:
Elementary Grade.
910 Lexile.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader 5.3.
Reading Counts! 6.3.
AR LG 5.3 0.5.
Awards Note:
Charter Oak Children’s Book Award (COCBA) Nominee, 2013-2014.
Nutmeg Award Nominee, Elementary, 2015.
Subject: Kamkwamba, William 1987- Juvenile literature
Kamkwamba, William 1987-
Kamkwamba, William 1987-
Kamkwamba, William
Kamkwamba, William 1987-
Mechanical engineers Malawi Biography Juvenile literature
Windmills Malawi Juvenile literature
Electric power production Malawi Juvenile literature
Irrigation Malawi Juvenile literature
Mechanical engineers
Windmills Malawi
Electric power production Malawi
Irrigation Malawi
JUVENILE NONFICTION Biography & Autobiography General
JUVENILE NONFICTION People & Places Africa
JUVENILE NONFICTION Science & Nature Experiments & Projects
Electric power production
Irrigation
Mechanical engineers
Windmills
Malawi
Mechanical engineers Malawi Biography
Windmills Malawi
Electric power Malawi
Irrigation Malawi
Mechanical engineers Malawi BiographyJuvenile literature
Windmills Malawi Juvenile literature
Electric power production Malawi Juvenile literature
Irrigation Malawi Juvenile literature
Irrigation
Mechanical engineers
Electric power production
Windmills
Malawi
Irrigation Malawi Juvenile literature
Accelerated reader
Genre: Biography.
Juvenile works.
Juvenile works.
Biography.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 1451741189
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind : Young Readers Edition
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind : Young Readers Edition
by Kamkwamba, William; Mealer, Bryan; Zunon, Elizabeth (Illustrator)
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind : Young Readers Edition

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By now, Kamkwamba's story about his ingenious windmill is well-known his 2009 memoir was a New York Times best-seller and this young reader's edition of that memoir brings his story to a middle-grade audience. It's a good fit, especially since, at 14, Kamkwamba was not much older than his target age group when he set out to build electric wind. After a devastating famine kept him out of school, he taught himself electrical engineering, and equipped with insatiable curiosity and ample brains Kamkwamba succeeded in building a windmill out of junk and found materials to electrify his home. Though some of the descriptions of the electrical components might go over the heads of most middle-grade readers, his inspirational story about determination and a deep love for science will nonetheless strike a chord with aspiring inventors, and the stark descriptions of famine-stricken Malawi will open young readers' eyes to the hard realities of life in a Third World country. Many kids will find a kindred spirit in Kamkwamba.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 1451741189
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Gr 5-8-In the village of Wimbe, Malawi, Kamkwamba and his family, although poor, managed to get by on their farm until a catastrophic drought lead to crop failure. The family comes very close to starving, and this autobiographical work, supported by Korey Jackson's noteworthy narration, gives listeners a real sense of their struggle to survive. After the drought ends, Kamkwamba vows to never again experience such a dire threat to his family's survival. Despite the fact that he is unable to continue his secondary education owing to his family's inability to pay the fees, Kamkwamba, curious and questioning, especially about how things work, educates himself by borrowing old books from a small local library. One day, he reads about harnessing wind energy and power generation. The authors describe in detail the steps Kamkwamba takes to build an electric wind contraption-a windmill. He does this in the face of much local ridicule. A nice inclusion is the mention made of the support and encouragement of two friends. Kamkwamba eventually succeeds in bringing electricity to his house and the village, to the amazement of the village and the rest of the world. VERDICT An inspiring true story of achievement against all odds.-Mary -Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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