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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind.
Here is William's first TED talk, given in June 2007
Here is William's second TED talk, given in July 2009