Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face

Larissa Theule, Kelsey Garrity-Riley


Louise Belinda Bellflower lives in Rochester, New York, in 1896. She spends her days playing with her brother, Joe. But Joe gets to ride a bicycle, and Louise Belinda doesn’t. In fact, Joe issues a solemn warning: If girls ride bikes, their faces will get so scrunched up, eyes bulging from the effort of balancing, that they’ll get stuck that way FOREVER! Louise Belinda is appalled by this nonsense, so she strikes out to discover the truth about this so-called “bicycle face.” Set against the backdrop of the women’s suffrage movement, Born to Ride is the story of one girl’s courageous quest to prove that she can do everything the boys can do, while capturing the universal freedom and accomplishment children experience when riding a bike.

Creator Bio

Larissa Theule holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of three forthcoming picture books (two on the Abrams list). She lives in Pasadena, CA with her family and spends her time writing, biking through town, and tending to her rambling garden.
Kelsey Garrity-Riley earned her degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She illustrates for many platforms, from books and magazines to greeting cards and window displays. She and her husband now call Brooklyn, NY home.

Price £12.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 12 March 2019
Pages 32
Height 267mm
Width 216mm
Illustrations full-colour illustrations throughout
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East
ISBN-13 9781419734120
Age Range 4 - 8