When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, 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.
It is so nice to read a book that highlights what one person can do to make life better for so many. I felt this way about Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (about creating schools for girls in Afghanistan), and now William Kamkwamba’s THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND has made the same difference, on another continent, for the people of his village by building a windmill to pump water to his drought stricken area. Using bicycle parts and scraps of wood, and his intelligence and bits of education, he transforms and saves many lives. The other thing that was so impressive to me about this book was to see the world from William’s perspective. He grew up without our forms of communication, and hearing stories of lion hunts and creation tales from his grandfather and father. His village got a video player and monitor when he was a youngster and the village watched “Terminator” and thought that was what was really happening in the United States! This was a time before his family was finally able to afford sending him to a school in a nearby town. A well written read for an uplift about life. (Hardcover, $25.99). Recommended by Julie.
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Published: Dial Books - January 19th, 2012