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Children's LiteratureProfiling the most democratic of motorsports, this introductory look at the demolition derby phenomenon includes plenty of action-packed shots of demolition derby events, with color photographs of cars smoking, crashing, and even starting on fire. Because demolition derby has a short history and almost no rules, much of the text focuses on safety issues. Most interesting is a step-by-step discussion of how amateur drivers choose their cars and make simple, inexpensive modifications for optimum safety and derby effectiveness. A short glossary highlights key words from the text, and a bibliography and a FactHound link to Internet sites will lead readers to more information on the topic. This easy-to-read book may entice reluctant readers not only to enjoy learning about demolition derby but perhaps even to enter a competition themselves one day. Part of the "Wild Rides!" series on extreme motorsports. 2003, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
— Norah Piehl