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Marshall "Major" Taylor: World Champion Bicyclist, 1899-1901 (Trailblazer Biographies) Library Binding – September 1, 2007


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Trailblazer Biographies
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books (CT) (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822566109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822566106
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Trailblazer Biographies entry profiles Marshall Taylor, an African American bicyclist who, despite facing prejudice in racing and in life, achieved world renown at the turn of the last century. Following an introductory author's note, Brill's accessible, personable prose vividly relates Taylor's experiences, from the childhood trick-cycling gig that earned him his nickname, Major (inspired by his military costume), to his later triumphs as the first black world cycling champion. Darker moments are also covered, including his painful struggles with racism and his eventual plunge into obscurity, where he remained until after his death. Sidebars highlight American bicycle-racing history and Jim Crow laws; visuals include archival photos and ephemera. Although source notes are provided for quotations, many of which come from Taylor's autobiography, attribution is missing from passages that imply knowledge about the athlete's state of mind. Still, such dramatized segments add intimacy to the narrative, and throughout, this inspiring life story will engage children, whether or not they are cycling enthusiasts. The useful end matter includes resources for further research. Rosenfeld, Shelle

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Marlene Targ Brill learned to write by reading to her students. She writes award-winning books for readers preschool through adult. Her most recent titles are Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide (Scarecrow Press), Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor (Createspace: 2002 NNSA/CBC Honor Book), and the fun Tooth Tales from around the World (Charlesbridge, the only nonfiction history of the tooth fairy and other tooth traditions.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. on March 3, 2010
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I ordered a set of these books for a school in Chicago. Every kid needs a hero, and every kids needs access to books.
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