Rally car racing is not as well known as its cousins in NASCAR, Indy Cars, and Formula One, but those who follow the sport are every bit as dedicated to the fast cars and difficult tracks. The format draws on twisting roadways and high speeds with racers running in several stages against the clock. Sandler's book is written to introduce intermediate readers to the sport, the cars, and the variety of rally races around the world. Chapters are easy to read with bolded vocabulary words and pictures to help readers comprehend the information. The book covers basic terminology, the team concept, the American rallies, and the international versions of the sport. Sandler does not shy away from the dangers as well. A book like this will certainly introduce new fans to the fast and furious racing that is the rally sport's stock and trade. While this may be of more interest in areas where rally racing is at least in the news, the low reading level may hook those struggling middle school readers. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
Gr 3-5–Readers may not have tried, or even witnessed, many of these sports in person. Nonetheless, they will welcome these overviews that feature short sentences coupled with colorful action photographs, and that all include at least one famous female competitor. History, basics, and important competitions are covered in a spread each, with text on one page and a full-page photograph on the other (many photos show superstars wearing the recommended helmets and other safety gear). Interesting fact boxes further explain concepts from the narratives. Closing “101” sections detail the equipment necessary. Rally Car Dudes, the most unusual offering, disappointingly does not fully describe what the sport is until the third chapter. Select individual titles as needed.