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There Goes Patti McGee!

There Goes Patti McGee!

The Story of the First Women's National Skateboard Champion

Tootie Nienow; illustrated by Erika Medina

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Tootie Nienow's There Goes Patti McGee! is an uplifting picture book biography of the first-ever professional female skateboarder and winner of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship for Women.

Brought to life by Erika Medina's dynamic and joyful illustrations, There Goes Patti McGee! walks us through Patti first place win in the women’s division of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship. She wowed the judges with with what would become her signature move—the rolling handstand. Inspiring and unapologetic, Patti McGee proves that anyone can skate.

Praise for There Goes Patti McGee!

"An inspirational read-aloud for all collections." — School Library Journal

"An action-packed picture book biography that will engage casual skaters and non-boarders alike." — Publishers Weekly

"This energetic portrait of the first highly recognized female skateboarder highlights her innovation and skill." — Kirkus Reviews


Tootie Nienow; illustrated by Erika Medina

Tootie Nienow has been a school librarian for ten years. Before that, she was a teacher, photographer, mother, social worker, and soldier. She loves sharing silly, scary, and suspenseful stories with her students. Although she has ridden a skateboard around her neighborhood, she has never once attempted a handstand. Tootie lives in Southern CA with her husband and dog.

Erika Medina is a Mexican illustrator living, teaching and drawing in Vancouver, BC. Besides nature, folklore and myths, her interests lie in spooky stories and curious characters who wander unfamiliar places. She specializes in picture books and other children's publications.

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Paul Nienow

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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