Fastest Woman on Earth: The Story of Tatyana McFadden (Paralympians #1)

Francesca Cavallo, illus. by Luis San Vicente. Undercats, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-953592-04-0
Cavallo tells the true story of Tatyana McFadden, a child who grew up with “a condition called spina bifida./ Her legs did not support her.” When Tatyana is adopted from a Russian orphanage by mothers Deborah and Bridget, she begins a new life in America and finds a love for racing, eventually leading her to compete—and medal—in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens at age 15. Despite slightly choppy prose, Cavallo succeeds in highlighting McFadden’s alternative approaches, such as walking and jumping rope on her hands. San Vicente’s action-packed scenes largely feature big-eyed, pink-skinned people; characters of color appear in the audience at the Games. A celebration of adaptation and embracing individuality. Front matter includes a note from Deborah McFadden, former Commissioner of Disabilities and Tatyana’s parent; back matter includes more information about Tatyana. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 08/18/2021
Release date: 08/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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