Grades 5-8. By now, Kamkwamba’s story about his ingenious windmill is well-known—his 2009 memoir was a New York Times best-seller—and this young reader’s edition of that memoir brings his story to a middle-grade audience. It’s a good fit, especially since, at 14, Kamkwamba was not much older than his target age group when he set out to build “electric wind.” After a devastating famine kept him out of school, he taught himself electrical engineering, and—equipped with insatiable curiosity and ample brains—Kamkwamba succeeded in building a windmill out of junk and found materials to electrify his home. Though some of the descriptions of the electrical components might go over the heads of most middle-grade readers, his inspirational story about determination and a deep love for science will nonetheless strike a chord with aspiring inventors, and the stark descriptions of famine-stricken Malawi will open young readers’ eyes to the hard realities of life in a Third World country. Many kids will find a kindred spirit in Kamkwamba.