Year 5, Book 29

29. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
I read this book for one of my book clubs. It’s the true story of a young boy in Malawi who builds a windmill from scrap materials he finds in the dump by his house. The first half of the book really has nothing to do with the windmill, which surprised me. Instead it looks at the period of his life leading up to the point where he builds the windmill. It introduces you to his family and how they live, especially through a period of famine. All this sets up the significance the building of the windmill has on his family, but it wasn’t what I expecting. It took me awhile to get into the book, but in the end I enjoyed it. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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