The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


  • Author : William Kamkwamba
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-02-05
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101637425

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Excerpt :

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. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


  • Author : William Kamkwamba
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-09-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061937699

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Excerpt :

Now a Netflix Film, Starring and Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave 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. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

Muck City Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Muck City


  • Author : Bryan Mealer
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2013-08-13
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307888631

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Muck City Excerpt :

In a town deep in the Florida Everglades, where high school football is the only escape, a haunted quarterback, a returning hero, and a scholar struggle against terrible odds. The loamy black “muck” that surrounds Belle Glade, Florida once built an empire for Big Sugar and provided much of the nation's vegetables, often on the backs of roving, destitute migrants. Many of these were children who honed their skills along the field rows and started one of the most legendary football programs in America. Belle Glade’s high school team, the Glades Central Raiders, has sent an extraordinary number of players to the National Football League – 27 since 1985, with five of those drafted in the first round. The industry that gave rise to the town and its team also spawned the chronic poverty, teeming migrant ghettos, and violence that cripples futures before they can ever begin. Muck City tells the story of quarterback Mario Rowley, whose dream is to win a championship for his deceased parents and quiet the ghosts that haunt him; head coach Jessie Hester, the town’s first NFL star, who returns home to “win kids, not championships”; and Jonteria Willliams, who must build her dream of becoming a doctor in one of the poorest high schools in the nation. For boys like Mario, being a Raider is a one-shot window for escape and a college education. Without football, Jonteria and the rest must make it on brains and fortitude alone. For the coach, good intentions must battle a town’s obsession to win above all else. Beyond the Friday night lights, this book is an engrossing portrait of a community mired in a shameful past and uncertain future, but with the fierce will to survive, win, and escape to a better life.

Energy Island Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Energy Island


  • Author : Allan Drummond
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015-03-24
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 0606373535

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Energy Island Excerpt :

For use in schools and libraries only. It's windy on the Danish island of Sams . Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Book
Score: 4
From 23 Ratings

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


  • Author : William Kamkwamba
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2012-01-19
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101578636

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Excerpt :

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. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.

The Secret Lake Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

The Secret Lake


  • Author : Karen Inglis
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 122
  • ISBN 10 : 0956932304

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The Secret Lake Excerpt :

A time travel mystery adventure for ages 8-11. A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake take Stella and Tom to their home and the children living there 100 years in the past. Here they make both friends and enemies and uncover startling connections with the present.

Pay It Forward Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

Pay It Forward


  • Author : Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-08-19
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781481409421

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Pay It Forward Excerpt :

The internationally bestselling book that inspired the Pay It Forward movement is now available in a middle grade edition. Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: do a good deed for three people, and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading across the world, and in this “quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending” (Kirkus Reviews), Trevor’s actions change his community forever. This middle grade edition of Pay It Forward is extensively revised, making it an appropriate and invaluable complement to lesson plans and an ideal pick for book clubs, classroom use, and summer reading. Includes an author'snote and curriculum guide.

Wangari Maathai Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Wangari Maathai


  • Author : Franck Prévot
  • Publisher : Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-01-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 36
  • ISBN 10 : 9781580896269

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Wangari Maathai Excerpt :

“Trees are living symbols of peace and hope.” –Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai changed the way the world thinks about nature, ecology, freedom, and democracy, inspiring radical efforts that continue to this day.This simply told story begins with Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai’s childhood at the foot of Mount Kenya where, as the oldest child in her family, her responsibility was to stay home and help her mother. When the chance to go to school presented itself, she seized it with both hands. She traveled to the US to study, where she saw that even in the land of the free, black people were not welcome. Returning home, Wangari was determined to help her people and her country. She recognized that deforestation and urbanization was at the root of her country’s troubles. Her courage and confidence carried her through adversity to found a movement for peace, reconciliation, and healing. Aurélia Fronty’s beautiful illustrations show readers the color and diversity of Wangari’s Africa—the green trees and the flowering trees full of birds, monkeys, and other animals; the roots that dig deep into the earth; and the people who work and live on the land.

Summary of William Kamkwamba   s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Milkyway Media Book

Summary of William Kamkwamba s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Milkyway Media


  • Author : Milkyway Media
  • Publisher : Milkyway Media
  • Release Date : 2019-08-26
  • Genre: Study Aids
  • Pages : 35
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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Summary of William Kamkwamba s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Milkyway Media Excerpt :

In The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (2009), Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba and journalist Bryan Mealer explain how Kamkwamba, using little more than determination and a few library books, built a windmill capable of generating electricity near his family’s home. Born in 1987, Kamkwamba grew up in a village called Masitala, which is located in the Wimbe district near the city of Kasungu… Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf Book

The Boy Who Cried Wolf


  • Author : Elizabeth Adams
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN 10 : 0778778908

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf Excerpt :

The shepherd boy shouts "Wolf!" when he gets bored. What will happen when a real wolf comes?

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind Book
Score: 4
From 98 Ratings

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind


  • Author : William Kamkwamba
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Electric power production
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0545591880

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The Boy who Harnessed the Wind Excerpt :

"When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes"--

My Hands Sing the Blues Book

My Hands Sing the Blues


  • Author : Jeanne Walker Harvey
  • Publisher : Two Lions
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 0761458107

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My Hands Sing the Blues Excerpt :

In Harlem, New York City, an artist follows the rhythms of blues music as he recalls his North Carolina childhood while painting, cutting, and pasting to make art.

Tomas and the Library Lady Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

Tomas and the Library Lady


  • Author : Pat Mora
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2020-08-25
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593378281

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Tomas and the Library Lady Excerpt :

A Common Core Exemplar Text by an award-winning author-illustrator team Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather's wonderful stories. But before long, Tomás knows all the stories by heart. "There are more stories in the library,"Papa Grande tells him. The very next day, Tomás meets the library lady and a whole new world opens up for him. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers who went on to become the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system, this inspirational story suggests what libraries--and education--can make possible. Raul Colón's warm, expressive paintings perfectly interweave the harsh realities of Tomás's life, the joyful imaginings he finds in books, and his special relationships with a wise grandfather and a caring librarian. "A gentle text and innovative artwork. . . . While young readers and future librarians will find this an inspiring tale, the end note gives it a real kick: the story is based on an actual migrant worker [Tomás Rivera] who became chancellor of a university--where the library now bears his name."--Publishers Weekly

Two Roads Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Two Roads


  • Author : Joseph Bruchac
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735228887

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Two Roads Excerpt :

A boy discovers his Native American heritage in this Depression-era tale of identity and friendship by the author of Code Talker It's 1932, and twelve-year-old Cal Black and his Pop have been riding the rails for years after losing their farm in the Great Depression. Cal likes being a "knight of the road" with Pop, even if they're broke. But then Pop has to go to Washington, DC--some of his fellow veterans are marching for their government checks, and Pop wants to make sure he gets his due--and Cal can't go with him. So Pop tells Cal something he never knew before: Pop is actually a Creek Indian, which means Cal is too. And Pop has decided to send Cal to a government boarding school for Native Americans in Oklahoma called the Challagi School. At school, the other Creek boys quickly take Cal under their wings. Even in the harsh, miserable conditions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, he begins to learn about his people's history and heritage. He learns their language and customs. And most of all, he learns how to find strength in a group of friends who have nothing beyond each other.

The Kings of Big Spring Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

The Kings of Big Spring


  • Author : Bryan Mealer
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250058935

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The Kings of Big Spring Excerpt :

"Think of it as a Texas version of Hillbilly Elegy." — Bryan Burrough, New York Times bestselling author of THE BIG RICH and BARBARIANS AT THE GATE "Bryan Mealer has given us a brilliant, and brilliantly entertaining, portrayal of family, and a bursting-at-the-seams chunk of America in the bargain.” — Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk A saga of family, fortune, faith in Texas, where blood is bond and oil is king... In 1892, Bryan Mealer’s great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history. They eventually settle in the small town of Big Spring, where fast fortunes are being made from its own reserves of oil. For the next two generations, the Mealers live on the margins of poverty, laboring in the cotton fields and on the drilling rigs that sprout along the flatland, weathering dust and wind, booms and busts, and tragedies that scatter them like tumbleweed. After embracing Pentecostalism during the Great Depression, they rely heavily on their faith to steel them against hardship and despair. But for young Bobby Mealer, the author’s father, religion is only an agent for rebellion. In the winter of 1981, when the author is seven years old, Bobby receives a call from an old friend with a simple question, “How'd you like to be a millionaire?” Twenty-six, and with a wife and three kids, Bobby had left his hometown to seek a life removed from the blowing dust and oil fields, and to find spiritual peace. But now Big Spring’s streets are flooded again with roughnecks, money, and sin. Boom chasers pour in from the busted factory towns in the north. Drilling rigs rise like timber along the pastures, and poor men become millionaires overnight. Grady Cunningham, Bobby's friend