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Spinning

Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)

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Description

Tillie Walden's Eisner Award winning graphic memoir Spinning captures what its like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Waldens life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. Skating was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized shed outgrown her passionand she finally needed to find her own voice.

This title has Common Core connections.

A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Teens
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
A 2018 YALSA Great Graphic Novel
A 2017 Booklist Youth Editors' Choice



Praise For Spinning

[A] stark, gripping graphic novel memoir. Washington Post, These books can help build strong girlsand boysfor today's world

Tillie Walden's Spinning is an engrossing, gorgeously quiet look back at the 12 years she devoted to figure and synchronized skating. New York Times


Intimate and compelling. A quiet powerhouse of a memoir. Kirkus Reviews, starred review

An elegant, contemplative, and somber graphic memoir . . . A haunting and resonant coming-of-age story. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Quiet and lyrical . . . and deeply satisfying. A stirring, gorgeously illustrated story of finding the strength to follow ones own path. Booklist, starred review

An honest and intimate coming-of-age story that will be appreciated by tweens and young teens, especially those in competitive sports. School Library Journal

An accessible introduction to the graphic novel form. Older readers will want to graduate from this to Alison Bechdels Fun Home. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

This beautiful story about sorrow, growth, and triumph will resonate in every readers heart. Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Timesbestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist

This is a beautifully told story that will resonate with anyone who played an instrument, or did gymnastics, or got signed up for skating: these things weren't always what we wanted to do or cared about, but they gave us some focus when everything else was mystery and chaos. Lucy Knisley, New York Times bestselling author of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

Spinning is spare yet intimate, painfully honest, and oh-so-real. Malinda Lo, three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist author of Ash and Adaptation

Gorgeous and honest. Faith Erin Hicks, award-winning author of The Nameless City

First Second, 9781626729407, 400pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2017



About the Author

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. Her graphic novels with First Second include her autobiographical work Spinning and the sci-fi epic On a Sunbeam. She is a two-time Eisner nominee and Ignatz Award winner who now lives in Los Angeles. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat.

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. Her graphic novels with First Second include her autobiographical work Spinning and the sci-fi epic On a Sunbeam. She is a two-time Eisner nominee and Ignatz Award winner who now lives in Los Angeles. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat.