50 Children and Young People Who Shook the World
Written by Tom Adams, illustrated by Sarah Walsh
(Nosy Crow)– hardback
It is difficult to do justice in my description to just how magnificent and inspiring a title Youthquake is. However, this book held me in one sitting. I was moved to read through and learn about each of the fifty children and young people selected by Tom Adams. Therefore, I will share just one story where we learn of William Kamkwamba.
His experience of the dreadful famine that struck Malawi in 2001 changed everything. The family had ‘no spare maize to sell‘ from their crops and thereafter no money ‘pay for William to go to school’. Furthermore, his family was existing on one meal a day. Yet his drive to learn compelled him to the local library where a book about Using Energy, led him to create a home made windmill from parts collected from a junkyard. What he created eventually became ‘powerful enough to pump water across the fam to spray on his father’s maize’. Some years on, and studying engineering at university, William Kamkwamba has a multitude of projects in place and preparation, to ‘improve life in rural Malawi’. Furthermore, he has created a biomass converter:- William Kamkwamba Ted talk
William’s story is only one of fifty. Every one of them demonstrates actions from outstandingly brave, inspired and determined young people. What’s more these young people inspire readers of any age. Bookwagon recommends Youthquake for home and school reading. It is an essential title.