This is the youth version of the original adult book. Having read them both I recommend this one as an engrossing account that tells the complete story. The story of William Kamkwamba is inspiring for so many reasons: his determination to go to school, his intelligence to build a windmill based upon an old textbook and scraps from a junkyard, his drive to help his family and community. Here is a story of a boy who faced poverty, drought, and minimal opportunities yet who shows us that we can accomplish goals despite poor odds.
Here is a link to his website.
Facebook page on the Young Readers Edition:
from the website:
"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 neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala--crazy--but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do.
Other titles reviewed in this series of recommendations
Death Be Not Proud - John Gunther
The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac