Spinning / Tillie Walden.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      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.
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      Graphic novel.
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      WALDEN, T. Spinning. First edition. [s. l.]: First Second, 2017. ISBN 9781626729407. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.556420. Acesso em: 8 ago. 2020.
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      Walden T. Spinning. First edition. First Second; 2017. Accessed August 8, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.556420
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      Walden, T. (2017). Spinning (First edition.). First Second.
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      Walden, Tillie. 2017. Spinning. First edition. First Second. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.556420.
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      Walden, T. (2017) Spinning. First edition. First Second. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.556420 (Accessed: 8 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Walden, T 2017, Spinning, First edition., First Second, viewed 8 August 2020, .
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      Walden, Tillie. Spinning. First edition., First Second, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.556420.
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      Walden, Tillie. Spinning. First edition. First Second, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.556420.
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      Walden T. Spinning [Internet]. First edition. First Second; 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 8]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.556420


Booklist Reviews 2017 July #1

*Starred Review* Award-winning Walden's first book-length work traces her childhood spent in the competitive figure-skating world, and although most of her memoir happens in skating rinks or at competitions, that element ultimately becomes the backdrop for a deeper story about her coming out and coming-of-age. In delicate, evocative artwork, rendered exclusively in purple with yellow highlights, Walden relates the struggles of moving to a new city in middle school, dealing with a particularly cruel bully, feeling scared to be open about her homosexuality, and so on, all while gradually becoming disillusioned with skating. She uses negative space to great effect, elegantly depicting her loneliness and isolation while simultaneously emphasizing how deeply she feels unable to speak up for herself. Subtle hints of her burgeoning interest in art, depicted in small, fine-lined doodles encroaching on the edges of panels and pages, are a tantalizing glimpse into what readers know she'll become. All these feelings play out compellingly on the ice, and chapter-heading descriptions of skating moves seem to hint at Walden's larger emotional development. The overall effect is quiet and lyrical—there aren't many huge epiphanies, and conflicts disappear rather quickly—but Walden's cumulative growth and courage to speak up for what she actually wants are unmistakable and deeply satisfying. A stirring, gorgeously illustrated story of finding the strength to follow one's own path. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring

In this layered graphic memoir, former competitive figure skater Walden looks back at her childhood. Mostly bluish-purple pencil drawings reflect young Tillie's mood: skating rarely brings her joy, she's bullied, family relationships are strained, she's hiding her homosexuality, she struggles academically, and she's sexually assaulted. Walden's growing interest in art is a recurring theme throughout her memoir; occasional incompletely drawn figures are clearly deliberate. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #6

In a graphic memoir, former competitive figure skater and synchronized skater Walden looks back at her twelve years growing up in the world of competitive sports. The shadowy, cool bluish-purples of most of the pencil drawings reflect young Tillie's mood for much of the narrative: although she's committed to her skating, it rarely brings her joy. Meanwhile, she's being bullied; her family relationships are strained; she feels the need to hide her homosexuality; she struggles academically; and she is sexually assaulted by her SAT tutor. The skating world serves mainly as a well-realized backdrop for a story about holding secrets in and going against expectations. Walden, whose growing interest in art is a recurring theme throughout her memoir, knows when to let this book's art or text be spare and when to interrupt the purple sleepiness with a pop of golden yellow; the occasional incompletely drawn figures are clearly deliberate, whether to protect her own memory or someone else's anonymity. She sometimes only hints at her motivations, giving the impression that, like many adolescents, she's not fully sure what they are. The result is much more layered than the "tell-all about the seedy world of glittering young ice skaters" that, according to the author's note, Walden (now only a few years removed from the events) originally intended to create. shoshana flax Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 July #3

In an elegant, contemplative, and somber graphic memoir, Walden (The End of Summer) immerses readers in an adolescence dominated by competitive figure skating. The story stretches over several years, during which time Walden vacillates between embracing the routine of early morning practices and the rush of competition, and a near-constant feeling of otherness, due in large part to her attraction to girls, which she hides from her family and peers. "It wasn't the thrill or freedom I felt that I remember," she notes after making a romantic connection with a friend. "It was the fear." Chapters open with illustrations of spins and jumps, the movements delicately mapped, paired with commentary that, at times, gives insight into Walden's personal life; of the frustrating axel, she writes, "As I would turn to go into it I would wish and hope with everything I had that this time it would work." A palette of deep purple, splashed with yellow, underscores the loneliness that permeates Walden's story, and her careful attention to facial expressions and body language makes readers intimately aware of what she is feeling. A haunting and resonant coming-of-age story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Seth Fishman, Gernert Company. (Sept.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.