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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By: William Kamkwamba
For Ages: 8-10
Genre: Independence

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When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a draught, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library...and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Perservering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how even in the worst of times a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.

Check out these activities to go along with the book:


Make your own windmill 

About William Kamkwamba

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William Kamkwamba ( currently attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Bryan Mealer ( lives in Brooklyn, New York. The original version of their Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was a New York Times Bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.