Young Pele

Young Pele Cover

Young Pele

Soccer's First Star

By Lesa Cline-Ransome; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)

Dragonfly Books, Paperback, 9780375871566, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

How did a poor boy named Edson who kicked rocks down roads and dribbled balls made from rags go on to become the greatest soccer player of all time? Here is the story of the boy who with great determination, lightning speed, and amazing skill overcame tremendous odds to become the world champion soccer star Pele. Talented author/illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome bring his inspirational story vibrantly to life. The theme of this Dragonfly Book is Sports.

About the Author
LESA CLINE-RANSOME is the author of numerous highly acclaimed picture book biographies, including "Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George; Young Pele: Soccer's First Star, " called "stirring" in a starred review from "Booklist; Satchel Paige, " an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book about an African American baseball hero; "Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, "about an African American cyclist; and "Helen Keller: The World in Her Heart." Visit her at JAMES E. RANSOME is the illustrator of many award-winning titles, including "Young Pele: Soccer's First Star, "a finalist for the NAACP Image Awards; "Satchel Paige;" and "Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist." He is also the illustrator of "Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building" by Deborah Hopkinson, a "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Honor and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; "Creation, "which won a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration; and "Let My People Go" by Patricia C. McKissack, winner of an NAACP Image Award. Visit him at"

Praise For Young Pele

Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2007:
"With handsome oil paintings and a stirring story, this picture-book biography will first grab children with its action."
—Hazel Rochman