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Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson

Published by Dial, 2015
239 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8037-4016-7

Ages 8-14

Astrid Vasquez and her best friend Nicole can barely tolerate her motherís regular Evenings of Cultural Enrichment until she surprises them with a roller derby match. For Astrid, itís a life-changing experience: sheís hooked on roller derby, and is especially struck by the star player of the Rose City Rollers, Rainbow Brite. When she learns that there is going to be a roller derby summer camp for girls 12-17, she immediately signs up and assumes Nicole will, too. But Nicole has other plans for the summer. She wants to attend dance camp with Astridís long-time nemesis and Astrid feels betrayed. As Astrid go through hard weeks of training, leading up to a junior bout during the half-time of a pro roller derby game, she makes a new friend but still feels the sting of losing Nicole. Roller derby gives her an outlet for her anger as she discovers she has a fierce competitive streak. And when Astrid unintentionally hurts her new friend itís an opportunity for self-reflection, but thereís plenty of roller derby action here, too, as novice skater Astrid gains skills and confidence but, realistically, never gets to be really good. Along the way, she gets some tips about finding her own inner strength through an on-going secret correspondence with her hero, Rainbow Brite, through notes she leaves and receives the Rose City Rollers locker room. This witty, original, and action-packed graphic novel was written and illustrated by a skater for the Rose City Rollers who is known by the name Winnie the Pow. As a result of her inside expertise, readers will get a good sense of the game and how itís played, as well as unique aspects of derby culture.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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