For All Middle Grade (KS2) Young Adult (KS3)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbours may have mocked him and called him crazy but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do.

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

This is an amazing book. I started this as a part of a Geography lesson during lock down and I was surprised to find that I was enjoying it. It’s a bit slow at the beginning but it picks up and gets really good. The best part is that this is a biography but it’s told so well that you can imaging yourself there.

By the end of the book you realise just how lucky you are. It helps you realise that for the most part there are always people who are worse off than you and if they can work their way up then so can you. It also teaches you that it doesn’t matter if they say that you can’t if you know you can.

By Hannah Dyson 8HS

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