Children's LiteratureNASCAR racing is a difficult and challenging sport. Many try to break into the professional ranks but few succeed. It is particularly hard for the rookies. Not only do they have to prove themselves to their sponsors, but they must prove themselves to the other drivers as well. James Buckley Jr., provides young readers with a superb overview of the life of a NASCAR rookie. In this volume of the "World of NASCAR" series, Buckley gives a glimpse into the expectations and every day life of a rookie. The author uses a familiar format, writing about a specific rookie and their first season in the Winston Cup series. Buckley's choice of Jimmie Johnson is a good one. He is one of only two rookies to ever finish their first racing season in the top ten in Winston Cup standings. Included in the back of the book are a glossary and section for further reading. A timeline of Johnson's rookie season is also included. This whole series is worthwhile for any school library nonfiction collection. 2004, Tradition Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 15.
John D. Orsborn