The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

  • Release Date: 2009-09-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 139 Ratings
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the immensely engaging and inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community. William Kamkwamba shares the remarkable story of his youth in Malawi, Africa—a  nation crippled by intense poverty, famine, and the AIDS plague—and how, with tenacity and imagination, he built a better life for himself, his family, and his village. The poignant and uplifting story of Kamkwamba’s inspiration and personal triumph, co-written with Bryan Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has already won ringing praise from former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore as well as Paolo Coelho, internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist.


  • Amazing story about a boy never giving up.

    By BrendaG990
    First time I ever read anything in detail about Malawi. This boy's story of his hardship & disappointments growing up & him developing a plan by continued research, using the resources available is amazing. I recommend this book for all young people. Never give up!
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    By Meadowwease
    I love true stories of people overcoming hard situations. I would love all my grandchildren to read this and then imagine.
  • Truly Inspirational

    By barrett21james
    I was literally fist-pumping in the air while reading this amazing story about William. He will capture your heart and have you cheering him on within these pages!
  • Inspirational story

    By M42097
    I personally like the book because it was a very inspirational book and it shows that you can do anything you want to do as long as you dedicate yourself. I believe this should be a book kids read in school due to its inspiration.
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    By kapclan
    I am reading the book now and it has a great story but yea it does jump around
  • Terribly written but good story

    By cm010
    It has a lot of potential it's just so poorly written. It goes off on random tangents that have no relation to the story at all. Much of the pages in this book are just filler as if to meet the publishers minimum amount of pages.