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

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

  • Release Date: 2009-09-29
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 152 Ratings


Now a Netflix Film, Starring and Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave

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. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.


  • 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.
  • H

    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.