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There Goes Patti McGee!: The Story of the First Women's National Skateboard Champion



by
Mary Margaret Nienow
illustrated by
Erika Medina

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN
9780374313999
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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.“Where Is She Now?” Author’s note, with photograph of Patti McGee. Sources. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports

Topics

Patti McGee (1945– ). Women skateboarders. Skateboarding. Biography. Practice and training. Determination. Competitions. Sports and recreation.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4–This empowering picture book biography centers on Patti McGee, a white girl from California who was the first professional female skateboarder and winner of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship for Women. When McGee observed some skateboarders from her window, she was so intrigued that she removed the wheels from her skates to fashion her own skateboard. She practiced relentlessly and soon outgrew her handmade board. However, she was unable to afford a store-bought one. When she saw a poster advertising the formation of a team and the promise of a free skateboard to each member, McGee was determined to join. Spying on the boys, she mastered their moves and added a few of her own. Her hard work paid off—she earned a place on the team. Later, McGee’s teammates convinced her to try out for the National Skateboard Championship. She perfected her signature rolling handstand and wowed the crowd and the judges. The succinct, engaging text pairs well with the bold action shots of the barefoot blonde. One page features the brave girl falling, applying copious bandages to her arms and legs, and getting back on the board. Aspiring sports enthusiasts will glean many important messages here: Girls can and should compete with boys; perseverance and practice pay off; you don’t need money or fancy equipment to master a sport; and it’s important to have fun. Technical terms such as nose wheel, kick turn, and fakie are sprinkled throughout. An afterword, author’s note, and source list provide more information. VERDICT An inspirational read-aloud for all collections.–Barbara ­Auerbach, Cairo P.L., NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4–This empowering picture book biography centers on Patti McGee, a white girl from California who was the first professional female skateboarder and winner of the 1964 National Skateboard Championship for Women. When McGee observed some skateboarders from her window, she was so intrigued that she removed the wheels from her skates to fashion her own skateboard. She practiced relentlessly and soon outgrew her handmade board. However, she was unable to afford a store-bought one. When she saw a poster advertising the formation of a team and the promise of a free skateboard to each member, McGee was determined to join. Spying on the boys, she mastered their moves and added a few of her own. Her hard work paid off—she earned a place on the team. Later, McGee’s teammates convinced her to try out for the National Skateboard Championship. She perfected her signature rolling handstand and wowed the crowd and the judges. The succinct, engaging text pairs well with the bold action shots of the barefoot blonde. One page features the brave girl falling, applying copious bandages to her arms and legs, and getting back on the board. Aspiring sports enthusiasts will glean many important messages here: Girls can and should compete with boys; perseverance and practice pay off; you don’t need money or fancy equipment to master a sport; and it’s important to have fun. Technical terms such as nose wheel, kick turn, and fakie are sprinkled throughout. An afterword, author’s note, and source list provide more information. VERDICT An inspirational read-aloud for all collections.–Barbara ­Auerbach, Cairo P.L., NY

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