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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

The New York Times bestselling memoir is now an inspiring picture book.

When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library...and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how, even in the worst of times, a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography

About the Authors and Illustrator

William Kamkwamba William Kamkwamba currently attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Bryan Mealer Bryan Mealer is the author of "Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town" and the New York Times bestseller "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," which he wrote with William Kamkwamba, in addition to the children's book of the same title. He's also the author of "All Things Must Fight to Live," which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Harper's and the Associated Press.
Elizabeth Zunon Elizabeth Zunon was born in Albany, NY and grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. After returning to the United States, Elizabeth attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration in 2006. Her illustrated picture book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2012. She now lives in Albany, NY, where she explores a multicultural world through painting, beading, sewing, and collage.

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