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Children's LiteratureThe sport of car racing has many interesting roots. One of them is the Shifter Kart. NASCAR drivers such as Sam Hornish and Jeff Gordon got their starts racing these fast go-karts. Children and adults alike race these fast mini-cars. These and many other facts about this type of racing are provided by Matt Doeden in this title in the "Horsepower" series. As with the other books in this series, the value is not just in the information, but the simplicity of the text. This high-interest book provides younger and reluctant readers the chance to read about go-kart racing in a simplified format. The author is able—in just a few words—to pique the interest of a wide range of students. This format is most valuable in this type of nonfiction book. Numerous photographs add color to the simple text. As with the other titles in this series, this text is a valuable addition to any school library collection. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 10 to 15.
—John D. Orsborn