Cars

Car Science: An Under-the-Hood, Behind-the-Dash Look at How Cars Work by Richard Hammond

Car Science by Richard Hammond

Kids who like car books soon outgrow the ones with nice pictures and simple diagrams—and then what? What do you give a car-crazy kid who – might – be drawn into the fascinating world of science and engineering if he had the right teacher? Most car books for older kids are chock full of dull details and have no excitement whatsoever. They drone. They drag. They discourage with their very verbiage. We’ve got a cure for that.  Richard Hammond, star of the BBC’s Top Gear and past host of Brainiac: Science Abuse, has teamed with picture-mad DK publishing to bring off Car Science: An Under-the-Hood, Behind-the-Dash Look at How Cars Work.

The book is divided into four very fun, very illustrated sections: Power, Speed, Handling, and Technology. There’s never a dull moment as Mr. Hammond divulges details of “…everything you need to know to be a real driving expert. How a turbocharger works, how gasoline is made; we’ll look inside gearboxes and learn why a Formula 1 car’s brakes glow pink when it’s stopping. And, at the end, we’ll look at the kind of cars that we might be driving in the future.”

The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know But Don’t Know to Ask

By Karen Gravelle (author) and Helen Flook (illustrator)

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Covering virtually every scenario a new driver may face, from changing a tire to negotiating privileges with parents to handling a car in bad weather, Gravelle helps teen drivers navigate through tricky new territory on the road and at home.

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How to Customize Damn Near Anything

By Discovery Channel

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The customizing techniques used by the establish professionals on the popular Discovery Channel series, Monster Garage, are brought to life in this illustrated how-to book. Step-by-step photos and instructions fully describe the processes of customizing your truck, car, toaster…just about anything!
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An Abundance of Katherines

By John Green

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Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
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Car Trouble

By Jeanne DuPrau

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Early one August morning, seventeen-year-old computer "nerd" Duff Pringle leaves Richmond, Virginia, in a newly-acquired used car and begins an unexpectedly convoluted journey to San Jose, California, and the job that awaits him there.
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Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride

By Kate DiCamillo

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A drive in Mr. Watson's Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when Mercy takes the wheel.

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My Car

By Byron Barton

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Sam takes good care of his red car, but guess what he drives at work!

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