Roller Girl

Roller Girl

Book - 2015
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"A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart"--
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., ©2015.
ISBN: 9780803740167
Characteristics: 239 pages :,colour illustrations ;,21 cm.


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teenbrarian Jul 08, 2015

Super fun read for tweens!

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Groszerita Apr 16, 2019

Astrid and her best friend, Nicole, are going through their separate ways and Astrid is hurt by it. Astrid loves roller derby and can't understand why her bff Nicole loves ballet. Astrid is forced to join the team alone and she realizes that it's harder than she thought.

Topics are friendship, mother and daughter relationships, finding your self.

Feb 20, 2019


Hillsboro_RobP Dec 19, 2018

If it doesn't make you smile, you are simply broken. Roller Derby, Portland Oregon, and engaging middle school drama at its best.

This fun graphic novel received a laundry list of well-deserved awards in 2015 and is recommended for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile. When twelve-year-old Astrid is dragged to yet another one of her single mom’s “cultural experiences,” it turns out to be roller derby, to see strong, empowered women. Astrid falls in love with the game and is sure her best friend Nicole will sign up for summer skate camp with her. But the girls are about to enter junior high and everything is changing. Nicole is interested in boys, makeup and ballet and she’s going to dance camp. Suddenly without her best friend, Astrid focuses on improving her (rather abysmal) derby skills so that she can play in a real bout. But does being so hardcore mean she’ll lose her new derby friend, Zoey? I’m intrigued by roller derby, so I really liked that the author plays for the Portland Rose City Rollers and used her experience to bring the game to life with costumes, terminology and cool names (Jamieson’s alter-ego is Winnie the Pow – how awesome is that?) (Submitted by Gayle).

IndyPL_NicoleN Nov 10, 2018

Roller Girl is a great graphic novel for middle schoolers. This book depicts preteen feelings and friendships perfectly and how they can get messy. Characters learned from their mistakes and grew as individuals while finding their passions.

Beaverton_MacKenzieR Oct 16, 2018

When I was a kid, I remember devouring Chris Crutcher's books because they were the only books I could find that were set in the Pacific Northwest. It was such a treat to read this book, full of references to childhood locations: Oaks Park, Springwater trail, etc. A must-read for all Portland kids!

Aug 01, 2018

Love it! Perfect for people going into junior high!

Jul 29, 2018

I only give this book four stars. You wanna know why? I didn't like it when she lied to her mom about two things: one she lied about her friend's mom driving her home and she walked home instead across a HIGHWAY! The second thing is that she lied about her friend going to derby camp with her. And I think there's one more lie she did.
Overall, it was a great book. I think you should read it.
~Ashley, age 8

May 07, 2018

Yeay! I loved this book. It's super inspiring and dramatically funny! Astrid is such a cool character, and never gives up. Really makes me realize how hard it is to try out a new sport.
She is creative, and makes big sacrifices for her friends. Astrid could actually be a asteroid!
Must read!!

Apr 07, 2018

I love this book , i like how Astrid don't give up

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