The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers Edition) by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers Edition) by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

William Kamkwamba grew up in a small village in Malawi, Africa. When severe famine struck his town and his family could no longer pay his schooling fees, he had to drop out of school. With a growing mind and a desire to learn, William spent his extra time in the village library. He gained a love of science and an intense desire to know how things work. As he learned, William had the idea to build a windmill.

Through hard work, personal research, and a variety of junkyard scraps, William built a windmill and was able to provide electricity for his family. His ingenuity made life better for his family, but also opened a new world for himself and the people of his village. This inspiring story of William’s journey toward a seemingly impossible goal will inspire readers of all ages. I came away with a broader world view and a greater appreciation for the miracle of science and technology. While this book is good for all readers, it does contain descriptions of a starving village. Younger readers might need some help processing this.

Recommended ages--10 and up