Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams

One Unlikely Team of Kids and the Race to Build the Car of the Future

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Presents the story of a North Carolina high school whose students successfully built an award-winning electric car.

Perseus Publishing
When Berkeley graduate Eric Ryan was sent by Teach for America to a hardscrabble high school in the heart of North Carolina's NASCAR country, he didn't count on Harold Miller — a big guy with a big laugh and a tarheel accent as thick as sorghum syrup — 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 to be judged during a final contest at NASCAR's Richmond International Raceway. Although Ryan's underprivileged high school was not on the list, Miller managed to squeak them in. With a 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 get their pasted-together dark horse to the big contest in Richmond. Electric Dreams offers drama built on marvelous small-town characters, and a story of never-say-die invention which would make North Carolina's other pioneers, the Wright Brothers, proud.

& Taylor

The story of a high school that successfully built an award-winning electric car is told with beauty and power, taking readers into the small North Carolina town where this miracle occured.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004
Edition: 1st Carrol & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786712717
Branch Call Number: 629.2293 K513e
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 24 cm


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