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'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer William Morrow: 348 pp., $25.99 William Kamkwamba grew up in Malawi, the son of a maize and tobacco farmer. Their house had no electricity or plumbing. In William's village, high costs and frequent power outages made electricity hardly worth the effort. In 2002, flooding, famine and the high costs of fertilizer forced William's family to take him out of school -- they could no longer afford the annual tuition of $80. William discovered the local library. Fascinated by how things worked (he and his friend fixed radios for villagers), he checked out "Explaining Physics," "Using Energy" and...

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