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About The Book

William’s autobiography set the story of his young life as a shy, curious, science-oriented youth against the harsh context of growing up in a region without resources, plagued by a weather disaster that threatened the lives of all those he knew. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was published September 2009 by William Morrow. It was written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, an award-winning journalist. The book met with immediate success and overwhelmingly positive reviews. Appeared on the New York Times best seller list more than once. Selling over 600,000 copies in the U.S., his publisher also licensed over a dozen international editions. Later Kamkwamba and Mealer rewrote the book for a middle school audience, and it was published by Dial/Penguin in February, 2015. Mealer and Kamkwamba also wrote a picture book for very young children, with lavish illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon. The book is approaching 10 years in print. The books have been in print continuously since publication.

The book is unusual in that it inspires community reads, school reads, district-wide reads and university reads, that is to say where a large group of people read the book together. An example is that the book was read as an incoming freshman book at the University of Florida where they bought 7500 books at one time. Schools and their districts read the book together frequently, and community reads mean multiple institutions in a town collaborate, such as schools, libraries, book stores, book clubs and public events.

Teachers and librarians embrace the book because the plot involves a desperate search for education and a librarian who acts as William’s book facilitator and teacher.

Read about co-author William on the About William page.

Bryan Mealer’s bio

Bryan Mealer is the author of The Kings of Big Spring, Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – written with William Kamkwamba – which is now a major motion picture. He’s also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Associated Press and Harper’s. His other work has appeared in the Guardian, The New Republic, Texas Monthly, and Esquire. Mealer and his family live in Austin.


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