William lives in poverty on a small family farm in Malawi during a famine. Wanting to help his family, he turns from traditional magic to science and technology and with hard work, knowledge from books, and experiments with scrapyard items, he builds a windmill that lights his family’s home, charges cell phones, and pumps water. His effort wins international attention and he receives sponsorship to finish his schooling. This memoir deals with poverty, survival, perseverance, inequality in the education and health care systems, and sustainable energy, and is suitable for a class read-aloud, literature circle set, and class or school libraries. Log in to read the full review.