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There Goes Patti McGee!

The Story of the First Women's National Skateboard Champion



Farrar Straus Giroux


(pub. 2.23.21) 48 pages

Author: Tootie Nienow

Illustrator: Erika Medina

Character: Pattie McGee

Overview: "There Goes Patti McGee! walks us through Patti's 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." Tantalizing taste:

"Around and around, back and forth, up and down, and just for fun, she cartwheeled and walked handstands.

That's it! Patti thought. Skateboard is all about having fun. And this trick is the most fun!

Then the work began. Five hours a day!

Feet together. Toes pointed.

Crash! Crash! Crash!

It wasn't easy. Her arms ached and her knuckles bled.

On the day she balanced perfectly for six seconds, she knew was ready."

And something more: Tootie Nienow explains in the section Where Is She Now that "Patti McGee continues to inspire young skaters. At the Venice Annual Ladies Skateboard Jam in Los Angeles, Patti coaches skaters as young as five years old. She loves to help them hone their skills and tells them to 'skate every day.' In 2018, Patti embarked on a border-to-border tour from San Diego, California toVancouver, Canada... Wherever she goes, she shakes hands and gives hugs to everyone she meets, wanting to make people feel special and believe in their dreams, because that's how people accomplish the extraordinary... just like Patti did."


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