Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist

Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist

Illustrated by: James E. Ransome
For Ages: 6 - 10
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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.
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.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689831591 | 
  • January 2004 | 
  • Grades 1 - 5
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About the Author

Lesa Cline-Ransome
Photograph courtesy of author

Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of several books for children including the award-winning Satchel Paige and Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist, both illustrated by her husband, James E. Ransome. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, she holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from NYU. She lives with her family in upstate New York. Visit her at