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2022 All School Read: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Home

From William Kamkwamba's Website

Which book/edition are we reading?

We are all reading the original edition of this book, which is available in paperback (ISBN-13  978-0061730337) or hardcover (ISBN-13 978-0061730320). Please do not use one of the other available editions, such as the Young Readers Edition or the picture book edition.

Academic Requirement for Grades 7-12

Each boy in grades seven through twelve is required to complete the All School Read. This year the book is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. All students in grades 9-12 will take a quiz on this book in the first week of school. All students in grades 7 and 8 will complete a grade assessment on this book in the first week of school. The format  of the All School Read Quiz is matching, true/false, and multiple choice. If you read the book, you can probably expect to earn an A or a B. If you really want an A, you should read the book with a pencil in hand, paying special attention to characters and major developments in the narrative.

About the Author: William Kamkwamba

When William Kamkwamba was 14, Malawi suffered severe famine. The Kamkwamba family could no longer pay William’s school fees, and he was forced to drop out of high school. While staying home, William worked with the village librarian to remain engaged with his studies, especially science. Working from a photo in a high school textbook (Using Energy), William reasoned out how to build an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap, despite having no instructions.