Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0061730327 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 6/17/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, June 17, 2017
This is not an ordinary book: it's a BookCrossing book! BookCrossing books are world travelers - they like to have adventures and make new friends...and every once in a while they even write home to say what they've been doing.

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Hardcover with dust jacket from a booksale at the McCully library. (Larger photo here.)

I read an e-book version of this in 2016 and this is what I said about it then:

An inspiring success story: I am very much not mechanically minded, so I found myself a bit jealous of William's ability to build things that *work*! When a famine forces him to drop out of school, William spends part of his time in the local library reading whatever he can get his hands on. Then he finds a primer on electricity and decides to try to build a windmill to generate electricity for his home. Many of William's fellow villagers initially make fun of him, but once his windmill starts working, they change their tune. His ingenuity is rewarded when he is interviewed by outsiders. They help him attend a TED conference as a speaker and go back to school. Since that time, his website indicates that he has done quite well: graduating from Dartmouth and helping to improve the lives of the people in his village.

This book is a great example of what someone with imagination and motivation can achieve - with the help of some lucky breaks and a lot of hard work.

For those of you doing geography-based reading challenges: this book is set in Malawi.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, June 18, 2017
Reserved for booklady331's nonfiction VBB (round 6).

Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Reclaimed from booklady331's nonfiction VBB; now available.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Added to Mom’s TBR stack...and now she's done, so it's available to travel.




Themes for the third quarter re-do of Secretariat's 2018 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Release Challenge:

Week 35: biographies & memoirs

Released 1 mo ago (9/29/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library #48023 - Kaimuki (12th near Alohea) in Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Saturday, September 29, 2018: left in the LFL. (Larger photo here.)

Released for Secretariat's 2018 NJABBIC Challenge (week 39: 3rd quarter re-do).

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Released 1 mo ago (10/14/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library #45737 - Kaimuki (Liholiho School) in Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Saturday, October 13, 2018: relocated from the very full LFL #48023 near Ruger Market to the (currently) emptier one across from Liholiho School.

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