If you are of a certain age, you will immediately recognize the name Evel Knievel. I was a teen during 1970s when Evel was doing his thing. He was always in the news taking his bike and jumping over stuff. Even if you knew nothing about stunt work, motorcycles or anything “daredevil”, everyone knew about Evel Knievel.
Even as a teen I wondered about a few things. Why was his name Evel? I really couldn’t grasp why someone would choose such a name. More importantly, I wondered why someone would take a motorcycle and jump over stuff. Evel was good at self-promotion and worked hard to keep his name in the news. Each jump was more elaborate then the last.
If you were buying youth biography back in the 1970s, Evel would have been a slam dunk subject for the kids, and probably many adults. By the 1980s, Evel was more or less out of the news and in the 1990s sort of resurfaced again. Knievel died in 2007. Evel’s son, Robbie has carried on the daredevil tradition.
Aside from the nostalgia trip for people my age, this book is hardly a good choice for a modern youth biography collection. I doubt the average 4th grader knows anything about Evel Knievel. Even if you have a daredevil fan base among your youth population, this book is still too old for it to be of any use to a kid in 2021. An updated biography might have a place in some libraries.