The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

This is a fascinating first-person account of growing up in Malawi. William Kamkwamba is a remarkable boy, possessed of an incredible, inventive intelligence. His desire to know things drives him to create a windmill and generate electricity with it.

His account is practical, matter-of-fact, and completely charming. He describes poverty and famine, the lives of his friends and family, and his burning desire to learn, even though he is too impoverished to attend school. He teaches himself science from a few very limited books, teaches himself English in order to read the books, and elevates himself (and us) in the process.

The story is about the transformation of the raw materials he can scavenge, mostly the garbage and scrap that has found its way into his remote and impoverished part of the world, into hope.

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  1. Waterbaby says:

    I like stories like this. Goes to show what a person with precious little is capable of when he/she has the will and spirit to learn and grow.

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