Game Changers - Lesa Cline-Ransome (Hardcover)

The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

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3 Jul 2018
Supply Source
South Africa


Ransome Lesa Cline
Lesa Cline-Ransome
James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
Number of Pages
229 x 279 x 10mm (499g)


Vibrant mixed-media art by a Coretta Scott King Honor-winning illustrator complement the story of tennis stars Venus and Serena Willliams, in a volume that shares insights into their enduring bond and the racial barriers they overcame to achieve their dreams. Simultaneous eBook.


An ALA Notable Book

'Every page is splashed with vibrant color and eye-catching patterns, and the figures of the women themselves are full of energy, speed, and tension.' 'Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Venus and Serena Williams are two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Some say they're two of the greatest athletes of all time. Before they were world famous, they were little girls with big dreams.

Venus and Serena Williams. Two peas in a pod. Best friends. Sisters.

Six days a week they awoke before the sun came up to practice their serves and returns, to learn to run faster and hit harder. They were unstoppable. At age fourteen, Venus played her first professional match. Three years later, it was Serena's turn. It wasn't easy. Some tennis fans cheered for these two fresh faces, while those who were unhappy to see two black girls competing in a nearly all-white sport booed and taunted them. But they didn't let it stop them.

With vibrant mixed media art, nonfiction superstars Lesa Cline-Ransome and Coretta Scott King Honor winner James E. Ransome share the inspirational story of two tennis legends who were fierce competitors on the courts, but close sisters above all.

Easy Non Fiction

General Subject
Juvenile Grades 1-2 Ages 6-7
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation
BISAC Subject 2
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Women
BISAC Subject 3
Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American
BIC Classification 1
People & places (Children's / Teenage)
BIC Classification 2
Educational: History
BIC Classification 3
Sports & outdoor recreation (Children's / Teenage)
Library Subject 1
Tennis players
Library Subject 2
Williams, Venus
Library Subject 3
Tennis players - United States
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of many books for children, including My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey, which was an ALA Notable Book, an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, and an NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended title for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children; Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Top 10 Sports Book for Youth; and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, which The New York Times Book Review called, "visceral, intimate, and plainly told, this story is sure to move young children, and also motivate them to read more." Her books were all 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 James E. Ransome's highly acclaimed illustrations for Knock, Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell; Deborah Hopkinson's Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; Let My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award; and My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey and Satchel Paige, both written by his wife, Lesa Cline-Ransome. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at