Roller Girl (Paperback)
Not only is this book an awesome introduction to roller derby, it's also an empowering story about young girls trying to navigate a friendship when interests start to diverge. Twelve-year-old Astrid is deeply wounded when her best friend decides to sign up for ballet camp instead of roller derby camp, and their friendship (and Astrid's life) take a downward spiral as the girls spend their summer apart. Meanwhile, at derby camp, Astrid is not a natural skater or a star player and needs some reminding that it takes determination, hard work and, most importantly, being a team player to really excel. Perfect story of friendship, forgiveness and finding your own path.— Glynnis
The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby--perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile
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 this graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power.
About the Author
Victoria Jamieson received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a children's book designer before moving to Portland and becoming a freelance illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. She maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league. From the Hardcover edition.