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. 

BHG

1 comment:

ACS said...

Roller Girl revolves around Astrid’s discovery of roller derby, and when her best friend doesn’t share her enthusiasm, she starts questioning their friendship. She must learn that friends (including best friends) change, and as hard and scary as that can be, it’s okay. People’s interests change, people make new friends, and all of that is okay. The messages and themes throughout this story are empowering and inspiring. Roller Girl was a joy to read and left me smiling. It’s an easy recommendation from me, and I would especially love to hand a copy to any young teen.