Synopses & Reviews
Marshall Taylor could ride his bike forward, backward, even perched on the handlebars. When his stunts landed him a job at the famous Indiana bike shop Hay and Willits, folks were amazed that a thirteen-year-old black boy in 1891 could be such a crackerjack cyclist. andlt;BRandgt; How little Marshall Taylor -- through dedication, undeniable talent, and daring speed -- transformed himself into the extraordinary Major Taylor is chronicled in this inspiring biography. Here is the story of a kid who turned pro at the age of eighteen, went on to win the world championship title just three years later, and battled racism and the odds to become a true American hero.
From the acclaimed husband-and-wife team who created "Satchel Paige" comes this biography of a true hero who battled racism and beat the odds to become one of the greatest cyclists in the world. Full color.
About the Author
Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of several books for children including the award-winning andlt;iandgt;Satchel Paigeandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Major Taylor, Champion Cyclistandlt;/iandgt;, both illustrated by her husband, James E. Ransome. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, she holds a Masterandrsquo;s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU. She lives with her family in upstate New York. Visit her at LesaClineRansome.com.James E. Ransomeandrsquo;s highly acclaimed illustrations for andlt;iandgt;Knock, Knock: My Dadandrsquo;s Dream for Meandlt;/iandgt; won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book andlt;iandgt;Uncle Jedandrsquo;s Barbershopandlt;/iandgt; by Margaree King Mitchell; Deborah Hopkinsonandrsquo;s andlt;iandgt;Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quiltandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Let My People Goandlt;/iandgt;, winner of the NAACP Image Award; and andlt;iandgt;Satchel Paige,andlt;/iandgt; written by his wife, Lesa. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com.