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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Reader's Edition

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring true tale of invention packs heart and hope.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Great book, but I'm surprised the Common Sense Media review did not include this (spoiler alert): When the family is starving, the boy performs a mercy killing of his dog. As new dog owners, my children (ages 7 and 9) were devastated. I would not have chosen this book for them if I'd known.

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Author William Kamkwamba weaves together the details of his childhood with the adventure of creating a life-changing invention in this inspiring page-turner set in famine-ravaged Malawi. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable story that teaches readers about the science behind windmills as a power source as well as the daily difficulties of life in his village, and does so in a way that inspires readers to keep working on their own goals. His perspective is one of grit and optimism, and the obstacles he faces just to eat, go to school, and make a better life for his family are a world away from most readers, but Kamkwamba makes them relatable. This young reader's edition will stretch the vocabulary of anyone not familiar with physics and engineering, but offers plenty of context and repetition so readers can follow along and learn.

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