This book on everything NASCAR chronicles NASCAR's beginnings in 1947 to a modern race day. In between, the NASCAR fan learns how drivers are selected, who the top racers are, the different crews that make a race successful, activities which lead up to a race, and the events that take place on an actual race day. Illustrated with colorful photos of real races and drivers, the text is also interspersed with bordered vignettes of racing information known only to those on the inside. A glossary, index and sites for further research are included. Written for the NASCAR devotee, it is one in a series of books about professional sports. 2000, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 10 to Adult, $23.40. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
Midwest Book Review
Two excellent 'Game Plan' titles by Thomas Owens & Diana Star Helmer are recommended picks for grades 3-6, reviewing the game plans of specific sports from team interactions to leaders. Soccer examines the elements which make up a winning team, considering the interactions between players which contribute to game success. Nascar reveals key players in the sport and also the teams behind their success. Both focus on teamwork rather than the rules and processes of the sport itself, providing valuable insights on what makes winners.