The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

There is an undeniable theme in the lives of visionaries: early on, they’re often considered completely nuts.

Set in Malawi against a famine-inducing drought, this gorgeously-illustrated lyrical book tells the true story of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba who dreams of building a windmill to bring electricity and running water to his village. William’s neighbors call him misala—crazy—as he works tirelessly on his windmill with nothing but books and junkyard scraps.

In a celebration of vision over derision, Kamkwamba’s life-changing achievement inspires the visionary in all of us—what might your family harness to change your world?

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