Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist (Hardcover)

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

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9780689831591, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2004

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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.
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