Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Tillie Walden

First Second


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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.

Poignant and captivating, 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.


Praise for Spinning

“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

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About the author

Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. She has already received an Eisner Award nomination and two Ignatz Awards for her early works. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat. She also enjoys studying architecture and tries to incorporate that passion into her comics. Spinning, coming out with First Second in Fall of 2017, is her first long form autobiographical work.

Tillie Walden

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