Jacket art for graphic novel Spinning

  • Contributors: Tillie Walden
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  • Summary: Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir 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.
  • Awards/Recognition:
    • Booklist Editors' Choice - Books for Youth - Older Readers Category, 2017
    • Harvey Awards Nominee for Book of the Year & Best Children or Young Adult Book, 2018
    • Lambda Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ Graphic Novels, 2018
    • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Reality-Based Work AND nominated for Best Publication for Teens, ages 13-17, 2018
    • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2018
    • No additional awards known of as of 10/1/2020. Please contact this project's researchers if you are aware of an award not listed.

  • Number of Pages: 395
  • Recommended Grade Level: 6-12
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Publisher: First Second
  • ISBN: 9781626729407

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