Sunday 28 March 2021 13:00
Our Teen Reading Club returns once again in March, for another online get-together hosted by the author Stella Kasdagli.
The book we’ll be reading this month is The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer.
For this meeting, 30 members between 12 and 16 years old set a date online for Sunday, March 28, to discover alternative worlds waiting to be created by the readers themselves – that’s us!
Don’t worry if you don’t get through the whole book, or if you didn’t make it to our previous meeting: in any case, Stella will give the signal each month, announcing the book we’ll all be reading over the next few weeks. At the end of the month, the gang that has read the book (or half of it, at least!) will get together to share thoughts, impressions, feelings and concerns inspired by what we read – whether we liked it a lot, or not so much!
A bit more on February’s book
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is a remarkable true story of human ingenuity and its power to overcome rampant diversity. It will give us the chance to glimpse life on another continent and in an entirely different environment, as it tells of the adventures of an African teenager who uses the unique resources that are available to him in order to build a windmill and raise the quality of life and the spirits of the people in his community. The book is a New York Times bestseller, and has been made into a film directed by and starring the multi-award-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. Al Gore, former US Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2007), notably said of the book: “William Kamkwamba's achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face.”
The plot: William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, in a country and at a time when magic still ruled, science was a mystery, famine and drought an everyday reality, hope in vain, and opportunities non-existent. Armed only with a few forgotten manuals borrowed from his village library and driven by his incredible tenacity, William pursued his passion for science and put the “craziest” idea into effect, changing his community and transforming the lives of the people around him.
Sunday 28/02, 13:00
For boys and girls aged 12-16 years old
Participation by online pre-registration
A link to join the meeting will be sent to the first 30 members to register.
Pre-registration starts on Monday 01/03 at 12.00
To take part in the Reading Club, those who register must have read the book of the month (or half of it, at least).
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is available in Greek translation by Papadopoulos Books.