Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion
Carole Boston Weatherford, , illus. by Eric A. Velasquez. . Marshall Cavendish, $17.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7614-5465-6
In this stirring biography of Scott, the only black race car driver to win a NASCAR race, Velasquez’s expressive pastels showcase the driver’s determination and resourcefulness as he “quit school and drove a cab to put his sister through college.” After serving in WWII, Scott started a family and “to make ends meet... ran moonshine,” but never lost his love for cars, soon turning to racing. Even when, in 1963, Scott was denied recognition for his NASCAR win because of his race, his conviction didn’t waver. With as much attention paid to Scott’s life off the track as on, readers won’t need to be racing fans to be drawn in. Ages 7–11.
Reviewed on: 08/10/2009
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-1-4778-1093-4