Roller Girl

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Roller Girl

When her mom takes her and best friend, Nicole, to roller derby, Astrid falls in love. She immediately signs up for roller derby camp and is very disappointed when Nicole doesn’t join her. This graphic novel follows Astrid through her toughest summer. She feels her best friend is pulling away from her. She dreads starting junior high without Nicole by her side. She’s excited about camp until she realizes that the girls and drills are tough. She doesn’t think she’s strong enough to be a roller girl.

Real-life derby girl, Victoria Jamieson has created a character that endures the same struggles as other teenage girls. Young girls can relate to the bumps in Astrid’s life. Astrid is an inspiration to young girls through her hard work and determination. Astrid is such a fun character from her blue hair to her war face. Even though she starts out slow at camp, she realizes she is stronger than she thought. The roller derby girls show true girl power. The colorful illustrations are excellent in telling Astrid’s story.

Book Blurb for Roller Girl

For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school? in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!

Age Range: 9 - 12 years / Grade Level: 4 - 7

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2015 4.50