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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

Narrated by: Korey Jackson
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village.

When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world.

©2015 William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Dial Books for Young Readers, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

What the critics say

"Speaking in accented English, narrator Korey Jackson captures the lighthearted tone as William describes his early life in a remote Malawian village.... Korey Jackson succeeds in portraying Kamkwamba as the affable and motivating young man that he is." (AudioFile)

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  • Summer
  • Willcox, Arizona
  • 2017-08-21

kids loved it

We listened to this on a long car drive and my 9 and 11 year old loved it. It was engaging, educational, inspiring and enjoyable. It fostered genuine compassion for the "starving people in Africa" and made us grateful for electricity, running water, plenty of food, and the opportunity for a good education. my kids say they hate reading and I keep telling them that if you embrace books and make them your friends, you can do anything. This book gave that idea flesh and bones.

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  • logicwins
  • PAIA, HI, United States
  • 2019-10-27

Fantastic audible book!

I listened to this with my two boys, 7 & 9. I loved it and felt like it really painted a great picture of what life in Africa is like. The descriptions of famine were brutally honest and easy to understand for my kids. It is hard to listen to this book and not feel thankful for the life we have. The book also made us all feel like building. The story is amazing and the narrator is perfect.

“I liked that it was inspiring to build things and to study” - Dylan 9

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  • Sherri Cole
  • 2016-02-21

Best book I've read in awhile.

Loved the book. Great narrator. An inspiration to everyone with dreams. I will definitely recommend this book to my students.

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  • bunnypenny
  • 2019-12-01

Inspiring for all ages!

This book was so good! We began it on a road trip. My 11, 9, and 7 year old begged we keep it on for our entire trip. In essence they “couldn’t put it down”. The true account of a boy who rose above struggles and didn’t give up.

I also loved that my children could experience accounts of another culture through the eyes of the writer. A must read!

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  • Karla D Jackson
  • 2019-09-15

He harnessed the wind and his dreams!

AMAZING AND INSPIRING! I HOPE EVERY CHILD CAN,READ THIS AND REALIZE THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE!❤❤❤

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  • cindy cassagne centeno
  • 2017-07-29

inspiring

the struggles we're real but he endured the pain and kept fighting to the very end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-07-27

Inspiring Novel

The overall message of this novel inspires me to recommit myself to my dreams and aspirations. Trial, error and disappointments are not the end, but the beginning of discovery. I will use the sentence, "If you want to make it, all you have to do is try" as my motivation. I enjoyed the book.

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  • Leanne Roghaar
  • 2019-10-31

Amazing!!!!

This was an incredible book! I love that he narrated his own book- his accent makes it that much better!!!

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  • Melissa
  • Baltimore, MD
  • 2019-10-26

The boy who harnessed the wind

Wow that is so amazing! Use a broken bike so cool!
I love this story.

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  • parent of three
  • 2019-10-14

Fabulous

I listened to this with my kids (ages 7&9) and can't recommend it enough. What an incredible story. Tears of sadness and joy.