Staff Review: "Roller Girl"
In this graphic novel, written by a derby girl herself, twelve-year-old Astrid discovers the world of roller derby. When Astrid's mom takes her and her best friend Nicole to a match, Astrid falls in love with the crazy outfits, eccentric nicknames, and fierceness of the sport. Astrid decides to sign-up for summer derby camp, expecting Nicole to sign-up as well. When Astrid finds out Nicole signed-up for ballet camp with a new friend, Astrid feels betrayed. With Nicole out of the picture, Astrid delves into the world of roller derby. With many ups and downs in roller derby and her coming-of-age self, Astrid takes us on a journey in the summer before her first year of middle school. The graphic novel is in full color and Jamieson's drawings and writing style are hilarious and heartfelt. Recommended for tween readers or anyone interested in roller derby. (2016 Newbery Honor Book)