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Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams

January 2006
Trade Paperback · 288 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $18.50 CAN · £9.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780786714858
Da Capo Press


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When Eric Ryan is sent by Teach for America to a hard scrabble high school in the heart of North Carolina's NASCAR country, one of the many things he didn't count on was Harold Miller sticking his head into his class one morning and announcing, "Hey Mr. Ryan, we're gonna build an electric car." Two regional utilities had challenged a group of elite schools throughout the South to design and build battery-powered electric vehicles. Although Ryan's underprivileged high school had not even been on the list, somehow Miller had managed to squeak them in and onto an adventure which not only began to take over the lives of Ryan, Miller, and a local engineer named George Hawkins, but an unexpected group of kids with no visible resources, know-how, or expectations. With an ancient Ford Escort rescued from the compacter, a few hundred pounds of scavenged golf cart batteries, a local minor league NASCAR driver as coach, and the local constabulary looking the other way as the reborn "Shocker" began careening over back roads on test runs, the kids (barely) get their pasted together dark horse to the big contest in Richmond, and then, naturally, win the whole thing.

About the Author

Caroline Kettlewell is the author of Skin Game, a 1999 BarnesandNoble.com editor’s choice selection for memoir. Her work also appears in the anthology Tales out of School: Contemporary Writers on Their Student Years. Kettlewell is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, and has been a guest on The Diane Rehm Show and New York and Company, among other programs. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.