The boy who harnessed the wind (#0532HZ2)

by Kamkwamba, William; illustrated by Hymas, Anna

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7 reviews & awards | 5 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Puffin Books, 2015
Price: USD 14.21
Description: 293 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 20 cm
Dewey: 621.4; Int Lvl: 5-8; Rd Lvl: 6.2
AR 5.8 MG 9 171666EN; RC 5.6 15; LEX 860L; F&P P


 


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Overview
From Follett

African teenager William Kamkwamba explored science books in his village library when he was forced to drop out of school, and was able to change his family's life by creating a windmill to pump water for his family's farm.


Product Details
  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: Young readers edition.
  • Dewey: 621.4
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 293 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 20 cm
  • Tracings: Mealer, Bryan, author. ; Hymas, Anna, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-51810-573-4 (originally 0-14-751042-2)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-51810-573-9 (originally 978-0-14-751042-6)
  • Follett Number: 0532HZ2
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 6.2
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.8
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 9
  • AR Quiz: 171666EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 15
  • Lexile: 860L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: P

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 12/15/14
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 11/15/14
  • Library Media Connection, 09/01/15
  • School Library Journal starred, 11/01/14
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 02/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (December 15, 2014 (Vol. 111, No. 8))
Grades 5-8. 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.

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