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Publisher Description

Tillie Walden's Eisner Award winning graphic memoir Spinning captures what it’s 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 Walden’s 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 she’d outgrown her passion—and 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

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2017
September 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
First Second
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
519.9
MB
AUDIENCE
Grades 9-13

Customer Reviews

ShiehShieh ,

Wow...

Totally picked this up on a whim. It was about 1 a.m. and I was getting ready for bed and happened to be scrolling through a particular Twitter page when this book got a special shout out. I figured I’d pick it up, read a few pages, and fall asleep.

Well, I just read through this in one sitting. It’s, like, 4 a.m. right now but I am enchanted by Tillie Walden’s tale. I’m not going to dive into any details because I jumped in completely blind. I mean, I thought it was going to be about ballet due to my lack of keen observation skills with the cover.

All I want to say is… this is one of the best things I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing all year… and freakin’ ‘Breath of the Wild’ and ‘Baby Driver’ came out this year.

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