Eric Velasquez's illustrations and Carole Boston Weatherford's rhythmic text illuminate the story of a man who worked full-time while racing on the side. A man who married, raised six children, and educated all of them. A man who "didn't just dust the competition, he blazed a trail." A man who raced against all odds.
An author's note is also included.
- ISBN-13: 9780761454656
- ISBN-10: 0761454659
- Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
- Publish Date: October 2009
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 7-10
- Dimensions: 9 x 11.8 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 57.
- Review Date: 2009-08-10
- Reviewer: Staff
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. (Oct.)