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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misalacrazybut William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do.Enchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi's top boarding schools. But in 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family's farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the eighty-dollar-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died.Yet William refused to let go of his dreams. With nothing more than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach, a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessityelectricity and running water. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every season.Soon, news of William's magetsi a mphepohis "electric wind"spread beyond the borders of his home, and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the world.Here is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.
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RachelO
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I was wind-turbine spotting my entire journey home while reading this the other day. Such a good book!

William grows up in #Malawi, helping on the farm, curious about everything, and with a desire to learn. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a description of famine from someone who‘s lived through it, the fact that you knew it was coming and could do nothing to avert it. And after, his desire to educate himself, & his persistence to build his windmill.

RachelO Absolutely loved it. A fascinating story well-told. Belated #readaroundtheworld #Malawi, plus #BBRC #GrownUp #nonfiction and #nfnov #booked2019 #booktomovie #nonfiction2019 #aboutsurvival 3w
RachelO Can you tell it‘s the wrapping-up-challenges time of year?! 3w
Cinfhen Well played!!! And the fact that you loved it....makes it even BETTER😁 3w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great book! 3w
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 3w
BookwormM You are really on a roll with SA any options for Togo 3w
RachelO @BookwormM Think it‘s going to be tough to find anything - the library usually has something tucked away in the stack, but apparently has made an exception for Togo. So far, this is the option: 3w
RachelO @BookwormM ... but I‘m not sure I really want to tackle it. Have you found anything? 3w
Clwojick 🙌OH my gosh! Look at all those challenge tags! Love it! well done 🙌 3w
rsteve388 6pts 3w
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RachelO
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This is very much what my weekly #bookreport looks like. Hanging out with niece, oh look, my kindle appears to be upside down!

What I have read this week is firmly set in Southern Africa.

🌼Evening Primrose - finished and will review sometime. Very impactful, tough, short read.
🌬The Boy who Harnessed The Wind. I expected a feel-good, change the world-type story. It‘s full-on autobiography, experiencing famine from the inside. V well-written

Curiouser_and_curiouser The movie was awesome! 4w
Bklover I love this photo! 💗 4w
batsy ❤️❤️ 4w
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charl08 Such a cute picture. And your reading sounds great. I saw evening primrose in the bookshop last weekend and was very tempted. 4w
RachelO @charl08 I really think you‘d like it. 4w
RachelO @Curiouser_and_curiouser I‘ll look out for it! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Aww ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen Awwwwww.....who needs to read?!?!!! Enjoy quality time with your precious niece 💕💕💕 4w
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haleyklein
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba was what drove my heart to want to teach abroad. This novel will make you laugh, cry and have hope. This story is about a boy who over comes challenges and makes a huge environmentally impact on his town which is heard about all over the globe. I highly recommend this Biography (B). #UCFLAE3414F19

haleyklein This is a great book for AS due to this whole story being about the author himself!Attached is a lesson plan to illustrated how we can all dive deep in this story and into Williams life! https://study.com/academy/lesson/the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind-lesson-plan.html. The UDL that aligns are 3.1 & 6.3 these both illicit further understanding through out the lesson. 2mo
haleyklein My EL strategies are 6 & 29. These will allow for more support and better understanding through out the lesson! 2mo
Jewelwinkler I‘ve heard great things about this book and like you said it would be perfect for an author study. 2mo
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KristenScala Haley I‘m so excited to read this book! Thanks for sharing it. I like the lesson plan that you attached, it contains great information. 2mo
BRaulerson It‘s so great to hear about stories of young people who change lives! Can also be great to inspire the young readers today! 2mo
JennaMichelleCohn Sounds like a really neat book! Autobiographies always interest me! 2mo
DrSpalding Slightly late 2mo
DrSpalding Make sure you identify the English learner strategy as well! I agree that this would make a wonderful book to include in an author study. This book has received a lot of attention. 1w
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Currey
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Short children‘s book from Malawi author and Ivory Coast artist regarding problem solving and determination. Loved the cut paper art work. #malawi #readingaroundtheworld

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4thhouseontheleft
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#25Etsy

Congrats on the milestone, and thanks for the giveaway @Megabooks 🎉🎉!

The tagged book is one of my favorites of summer 2019. I‘ve read a lot of middle grade with Maya recently for our #motherdaughterbookclub, and I really loved this Young Reader‘s Editon.

Megabooks This looks interesting! #stacked Thanks for entering! 4mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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This is the summer reading book for Maya‘s middle school, and what an excellent choice! I‘m currently reading another book about the importance of resilience and grit, both of which William has in spades! A powerful story about never giving up and thinking creatively...even when people think you‘re crazy.

#BBRC #MGME #ReadersChoice

#nonfiction2019 - this could fit 3 prompts: uplifting, from another country or survival; I‘ll pick which one later.

huntersmom1977 Oh look WINE 😬✌️ 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @huntersmom1977 😂 It‘s actually a dessert wine that has chocolate in it! So yummy. 4mo
LibrarianRyan Vey cool. It‘s been made into a movie. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I didn‘t know there was a young readers edition of this one, it‘s an excellent book! 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @LibrarianRyan We will be watching the movie today! 🎥 🍿 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa They did a great job with the YRE. 4mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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More #teaandbooks today to manage the post-vacation fatigue. 😂 dipping into Maya‘s 6th grade school summer reading project book.

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This would be a good book to teach students about survival and the times of survival. I also loved the photos included in the middle of the book.

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I love how this book shows the love one has for there family. William and his family lost all their crops and struggled with money. For the love of his family and to change their lives, he built a windmill. This book displays who even the worst of times can be lifted up by one person. Genre: Biography; Published: 2015; Illustrator: Anna Hymas

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Eggs
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#needstobeatvshow #septinbooks18 @bookisglee This would make a great biopic /documentary/miniseries

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Eggs
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1️⃣ yes 2️⃣ about 15% of the time 3️⃣ with my fave being the memoir 4️⃣ Favorite (and life-changing) NF I've read recently: Their Name is Today, Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World 5️⃣ tagged

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Eggs
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Incredible story of a young man and his family in Malawi and their lives of hunger and disease. There aren't free schools and if they can pay, students must walk 5 or more Km to get there. But William gives them hope

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Itchyfeetreader
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All I knew about Malawi before this was embarrassingly Madonna related but I have made some amends with this book. It‘s both an inspiring story about what commitment (and access to books) can do for an inquisitive and motivated young person but also a captivating insight into village life in Malawi and the all too real experience of famine. #blameitonlitsy purchase

Tove_Reads About to read it soon for my #readtheworld challenge! Happy to see others reading these kind of books as well! ❤️ 2y
Itchyfeetreader @Tove_Reads hope you enjoy it. It‘s one amazing story ! 2y
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CSeydel
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Congratulations @cobwebmoth on 1000 followers! Nice job!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind surprised me in so many ways. I learned a lot about Malawian society, and the lengths that William went to to pursue his dream were incredible. Truly an eye opening and riveting story!

#surprisedgiveaway

cobwebmoth Thanks! The book sounds very interesting. 2y
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Annl
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This book, this boy, was incredibly inspiring! Scientific achievement in the midst of famine, aids and other obstacles shows the strength of spirit and family. Great story to end #24in48. Also great story set in Malawi.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This is a GREAT nonfiction read on sale today!

Tamra Inspirational story! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Tamra Yes, truest a great story! 2y
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Wolfman
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My face when my classmates ask “why are you reading now?” Then I answer with “do you know me?”

RaimeyGallant Haha. :) 2y
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alanacristin
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For those #passportlitsy folks going to Malawi, this is a #kindledeal this month! I'm still hoping to read a woman author for each but this has popped up several times as a good read. #Malawi

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Kristy_K
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Incredibly inspirational. William is a boy in Malawi who lives with no electricity, little schooling, and oftentimes hunger. Yet he inspires to do and be more than his situation normally allows. Teaching himself physics and other sciences through books all the while enduring ridicule, he creates a windmill to bring electricity to his home. I was awed and humbled many times throughout his story.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Malawi #Africa #biography

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This is such an inspiring and amazing story. 💛

#wind #noteworthynovember @Jess7

Cathythoughts Wow 💫 2y
Andrew65 Need to check this out! 2y
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alanacristin
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Any recommendations for women Malawian authors? The tagged book looks like a lovely candidate for #passportlitsy but my goal was to read a woman author from each country on my itinerary. The only women I've found who write books set in Malawi are white missionaries and activists. I'd prefer to read books by women of color who are Malawian by birth. Any recommendations? Or votes in favor of someone Imight not have considered? Thanks!

CouronneDhiver Walije Gondwe was their first published female author, I think. 2y
alanacristin @CouronneDhiver Thank you! I'll look for her! 2y
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heidisreads
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We came home early from a weekend of #camping because the mosquitoes were unmanageable. I'm not sad to be enjoying my afternoon with some bug-free #reading 😆

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Talk about grit and persistence and ingenuity! This kid's determination is amazing and should be an example to all, young and old!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #favoriteread2017

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#lyricalapril A few books set in #africa. Chike and the River is a lovely story written for middle graders.

OSChamberlain Love Chike. Read that one in my children's lit course in college. 3y
shawnmooney Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o had some powerful, critical analysis of Blixen's racism in his memoir: 3y
EllieDottie This is an awesome group of books! 3y
Cinfhen I was about to say that @EllieDottie 💚💚💚 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @shawnmooney thanks for the notice, will look it up. 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Awesome book, that I highly recommend...that fits with my other posts today coincidently. Just what can you accomplish with a library.... anything you can read about!

One sale today! Read this one! Support your local library too!

ValerieAndBooks One of my favorite nonfiction books! 3y
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Sloth10
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This book is asesine and i recomend it.
This is a book about a boy named William kamkwamba and a famine hits his town Malawi.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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#RealLifePerson #OctPhotoChallenge I highly recommend this story about a young boy who loves school, but when his family cannot afford his school fees he spends time in a small library reading about things that will change his world. A GREAT book & an awe inspiring story of what we can all accomplish with a good book and some perseverance, especially in a time when we often feel like one person cannot make a real difference.

brilliantglow I haven't read the book but his story is inspiring. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I have this book but not read yet. Heard his TED Talk video. What an awesome young man. 3y
Tav I am a huge fan of this book! Kamkwamba is the real deal. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Tav I keep recommending because it was so good! 3y
ValerieAndBooks One of my faves!! 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I'm working today, such the life of a librarian. Even though we are busy, I am finding time to start this in Overdrive. Hurray for overdrive! #biblioweekend

Nebklvr Tried this before and bailed, need to try again... 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Nebklvr it's been in my TBR pile so I decided to read it. 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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When a book you read last year and loved shows up on your Facebook Feed as a Meme posted by someone else.... #BookWin 😏

Tav Love love love this book! 3y
ValerieAndBooks One of my favorite books! It's amazing how people here take free public education for granted and he wanted to go to school so badly. I was thrilled when it was required reading in a HS class my daughter was taking. The two of us had a good discussion about it! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ValerieAndBooks I honestly found it by accident, I saw him interviewed on TV and then got the book. Yes, such a great story! 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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My #Recommendsday pick this week goes to this wonderful book. A truly beautiful and inspirational story about a young man with access to a library and lots of time on his hands after his family can no longer afford his school fees. Despite crippling famine, poverty, and illness there is triumph....all because of a little free library and lots of curiosity and creativity! Excellent & true story! And very inspiring young man! Highly recommend!

ValerieAndBooks One of my very favorite books!! 3y
queerbookreader Ooooo I had to read this for a summer reading list years ago in school and I loved it! 3y
Tav I love this book - and Kamkwamba is an inspiration. I had the chance to meet him once! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Tav That's awesome! I'm a bit jealous now. 😉 3y
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