310 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Before he became the legend, Muhammad Ali, young Cassius Clay learned history and card tricks from his grandfather, hid report cards from his parents, and biked around Louisville with his pals. But when his bike is stolen, Cassius decides there's something else he wants: to be able to fend off bullies by becoming a boxer. Cassius also has a best friend, Lucky, who sticks by him whether his fists are raised in victory or his back is against the ropes. Before long, Lucky is cheering Cassius on in his first amateur fights. With the support of all his friends and family, will Cassius make it to the top?"--jacket.
"Before he was Muhammad Ali, he was Cassius Clay."--Cover.
A biographical novel tells the story of Cassius Clay, the determined boy who would one day become Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-308).