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Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout

Victor Appleton

Book Overview: 

Tom Swift enters an upcoming race with his specially-designed prototype electric race car. But as he makes the final preparations and adjustments, days before the race, he discovers a plot that would bankrupt not only his family, but also everyone else that relies on the local bank (which is the target of a nefarious bank-run scheme). Tom must solve the mystery and stop the criminals behind the plot before he’ll test himself on a 500 mile race against some of the best electric cars and skilled drivers in the United States. Listeners are forewarned that some elements and characters included in Tom Swift books portray certain ethnic groups in a very dated manner that modern readers, and listeners, may find offensive. Despite the racially stereotyped behavior and pronunciation in the books, the Reader believes it makes sense to read what’s written in order to be faithful to the author’s intent.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'm a little worried."

"Say, don't let it worry you," begged Tom, earnestly.

"Why not?"

"Because I know my father and Mr. Damon will stick to the old bank. They won't have anything to do with the one Andy Foger's father starts. Don't you worry."

"Well, that will help some," declared Ned. "They are both heavy depositors, and if they stick to the old bank we can stand it even if some of our smaller customers desert us."

"That's the way to talk," went on the young inventor. "Let Foger start his bank. It won't hurt yours."

"What are you making now?" asked Ned, a little later, looking with interest at the machinery over which Tom was bending, and to which he was making adjustments.

"New electric automobile. I want to beat Andy Foger's car worse than I did on my motor-cycle, and I also want to win a prize," and the lad proceeded to relate the incidents leading up to his construction of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The adventures in the submarine and the air were quite fun, but in this book Tom is ground bound and this makes for a fairly dull book. Much of the story revolves around troubles with a bank and a contrived run to get help in time. Not overly interesting, but at least a fast read.

I do like the speculative science in these. It is the best part of the books, especially when looked at from over 100 years later. Electric cars are only just becoming a staple and here they are in 1910 being predicted to be fast, flashy, stable and far better than most gasoline engine cars. Rather

I was a huge fan of Tom Swift Jr. since receiving Tom Swift Jr. and the Race to the Moon for Christmas at age 8. Imagine my surprise when I discovered at my grandmother's house some copies of the original Tom Swift from the first couple decades of the 20th century. And the writing style was just the

A Story of resourcefulness.

This story shows how resourceful Tom Swift is. When things go wrong, such as getting stuck in the mud, he has thought through what problems may befall him and has a solution at hand.

This is another adventure of Tom Swift with the now recognizable friends and enemies of the earlier books in the series. Mr. Damon and Mr. Sharp help Tom in his work with the electric runabout. He is supported by his father Mr. Swift, their housekeeper Mrs. Baggert, Garret Jackson the elderly engine

After spending lots of time reading boy books written in the mid to late 1800s, I've finally continued my time travel experience to the early 1900s. The Tom Swift series is one of the earliest books in the Stratemeyer Syndicate (think The Bobbsey Twins Series, Hardy Boys Complete Series Set Books 1-

Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout! In this adventure our hero enters an electric car race! Will Tom escape the kidnappers? Will he live through his electrocution? Will his girlfriend be there to see him win the race?!?!?
(Seriously though this one was bad)

Great book! It was really good and i enjoyed all the adventure and mystery

6 out of 10

This is one of my favorite books, it was written over 100 years ago, yet the science and engineering in the book are still problems that we face today especially with electric vehicles. There is dated language, but other than that it is a great book. For a fun project I abridged and edited the book

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