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Grade 7 – 9 Readers for English Home Language: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer


  • Recommended class reader for grades 7 – 9
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • Pages: 304
  • ISBN: 9781984816122

Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village.

When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family’s life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William’s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy’s brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William’s story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.

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Review of The Boy who harnessed the wind.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba is a memoir that tells the story of William Kamkwamba, a young boy from a small village in Malawi, Africa who, despite having no formal education, built a wind turbine to save his village from famine.

One of the strengths of the book is its ability to convey the power of determination, perseverance, and creativity. William’s story is an inspiration, showing that with hard work and determination, anyone can achieve their goals, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The book also highlights the importance of education and access to resources in the developing world, and the ways in which lack of these can impact a person’s life and future.

The book is also an excellent portrayal of life in Malawi, particularly in rural areas, and the challenges that people living there face. The authors do an excellent job of describing the culture, customs, and daily life of the people in William’s village. The reader can feel the sense of community and the strong bonds between the people in the village.

The book also deals with themes of family, community, and the power of imagination. William’s family plays a crucial role in his life, and the reader can see how much he cares for them and how much they support him. His relationship with his father is particularly poignant, and the reader can see how much they learn from each other.

Overall, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an inspiring and uplifting memoir that tells the story of one boy’s determination to change his life and the lives of those around him. It is a powerful reminder of the potential of every individual to make a difference in the world and the importance of education and access to resources. The book is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human will and the importance of never giving up.

The book is a great resource for young people to learn about the power of determination and perseverance, as well as the challenges faced by people living in developing countries. It will also inspire them to think creatively and to make a difference in their own communities. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the power of one individual to make a difference.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba is a memoir that is suitable for readers of all ages, but it is particularly appropriate for young adult and adult readers.