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The Electric Kid

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ISBN 10: 0531087867 / ISBN 13: 9780531087862
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Title: The Electric Kid

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Set in the year 2061, two children support themselves in a city dump and are pressed into the service of the criminal underworld until their unique talents foster their escape

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Grade 5-8?Blindboy and Hotwire are city kids in the year 2061, orphans who survive by mining, fixing, and selling electronic junk from the vast dumps they live on, and eating its slops when nothing else can be found. Blindboy can "hear" viable electronic circuits buried in the dump; Hotwire is a girl with a talent for tinkering and rewiring. Their skills draw the attention of the city's criminal underground, who decide to use the children to reproduce the tonal keys used with locks. Blindboy and Hotwire are kidnapped and coerced into performing a series of robberies and auto thefts. A clever escape brings them in contact with police detectives who then pursue the pair on a daredevil attempt to bring down the criminal underground. This is a bleak but believable urban future, echoing the vast differences in life styles between the haves and have-nots already evident in our cities today. It is a less developed and different picture of dump life than in Nancy Farmer's The Eye, the Ear and the Arm (Orchard, 1994). While Farmer emphasizes and examines the social structure and relationships on the dump, Kilworth emphasizes plot. It's brief and fast-moving, with more heroic deeds and unusual exploits than character development or philosophical musing. Blindboy and Hotwire are almost too clever and conscientious to be believed, but they make captivating characters. Readers will enjoy their brave and clever feats, follow their adventures avidly, and delight in the satisfying but not saccharine ending.?Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
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