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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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Nov 24, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, book-of-substance
Read in November, 2010

This is the true story of William Kamkwamba who grew up in Malawi in a farming family. He tells the story of growing up in Malawi during the drought and subsequent famine of 2005. He has to drop out of school because his family can no longer afford his tuition payments. So he starts going to the town library to try and stay caught up with his classmates. He begins reading about windmills, and the energy that they can harness. He decides that he is going to build one, so that his family doesn't have to live in the dark, and go to bed with sun-down. He has these marvelous ideas of building an irrigation system, so that his father can plant more than one crop a year (thus eliminating his families starvation). He tells the story in truly grown-up voice-which comes, I am sure, when one has seen too much at a young age. He tells the story of starvation, and sadness in such a way that you, as the reader, cannot help but feel his pain and suffering. It is an amazing story of human triumph and the power of persistence. I loved this book, and I believed it would be a great addition to any high school upper-level reading class. William Kamkwamba is truly an inspiration to all young inventors.
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