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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 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
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
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This is a beautifully told story. I did not realize it was a memoir until I read the acknowledgements in the back. Never before have I been so enthralled by a graphic novel to the point where I would read it over and over and over again. So many of these experiences are vital to that of a young adult and this story is incredibly important, especially in today's world. Thank you, Tillie, for making me feel less alone.
This story was so gently and effortlessly told. The art is magnificent and life is reflected so fully in her eyes.