Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Roller Girl

Roller Girl
By Victoria Jamieson
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015. 239 pages. Young Adult Graphic Novel

Twelve-year-old Astrid goes to a Roller Derby tournament with her mom and best friend Nicole, and her life is changed forever.  Astrid begs to join a roller derby summer camp, but when Nicole says she'd rather not come along Astrid isn't sure what this will mean for their friendship.  As she trains at the camp, she has to come to terms with mistakes she has made and learn how to be a better friend, a better daughter, and a better teammate.

This is an excellent graphic novel for pre-teens and younger teens.  There are a lot of positive themes around these girls, who are proud of who they are and how hard they work, as well as the heartening lessons Astrid must learn.  I think there are great messages in this book and I enjoyed it immensely. 


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