Roller Girl

Roller Girl

Graphic Novel - 2015
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Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, but her best friend Nicole chooses dance. While making new friends and struggling with a new sport, Astrid fears she is losing Nicole.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
Copyright Date: copyright2015
ISBN: 9780525429678
9780803740167
Branch Call Number: F JAM
Characteristics: 239 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number: F JAM

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For those who love roller derby and for those who have no idea what that is, this book will skate right into your heart.

When Astrid's childhood friend becomes her new rival, she battles her emotions in the rink at Summer Roller Derby camp.


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ryanwatkin
Nov 16, 2020

THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOO GOOD! I think this book is really good for young girls! I also love roller skating so it was perfect. I would recomend! 殺 _ _
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Nethra_Middela
Sep 15, 2020

In Roller Girl, Astrid’s eyes open up to a new passion when her mom takes her and her loyal best friend Nicole to a Roller Derby. Taking place in the summer before her first year of Junior High, Astrid joins Roller Derby Camp, but soon life starts to turn into a scoreboard when Nicole would rather do dance camp with Astrid’s enemy, changing all that Astrid ever knew about how to steer through life. With her new friend Zoey, and the advice of her favorite player Rainbow Bite, Astrid’s summer is turned into the Derby as she tries to keep up with the older girls. this coming-of-age graphic novel is relatable to every other teenager as Astrid faces a literal battle on the skating arena, keeps secrets from her mom, and slips through friendships like skates themselves.

Roller Girl was enjoyable for me to read because Astrid is a very relatable character that makes you go “been there, done that”. The simple conflicts Astrid goes through are very similar to the problems we face, like when Astrid doesn’t tell her mom before dying her hair or struggles to be on pace with the older girls in the camp. In effect of those problems, Astrid offers the reader amateur but witty insights that will have you shaking your head in laughter. The thing that makes Astrid the most relatable is her perspective on dealing with her issues, especially friendship. Astrid, being twelve, sometimes solves her problems too selfishly, treating some people in her life with hate rather than cooperating and surrendering some of her desires. The way Astrid grows to understand compassion is a mirror to many of us as we grow from children to people we are.

This would humorously witty book is a must-read for graphic novel lovers, especially people dreading the surprises of Junior High!

JCLGladisO Jul 17, 2020

It turns out I really like Victorias Jamieson's graphic novels. This Newberry Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Rolle Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship, surviving Junior high, making new friends, and going in different paths.

"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" (Amazon, 2019).

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green_wolf_1897
Jul 10, 2020

i love this comic book so much!
i would recommend this book to anyone!

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Mslm
Jan 03, 2020

This is such a great story I loved so much. I would definitely suggest it to someone who enjoys graphic novels.

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isnb
Oct 18, 2019

This book is truly great, I have read it about 4 times.

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darladoodles
Sep 19, 2019

This full-color, Newbery-Honor graphic novel is well represented by its cover art with Asteroid in her kick butt costume (including her rainbow socks from her former best friend Nicole). Even though this story just covers one summer in Astrid's life, we learn so much along with her about hard work, friendship, honesty and encouraging others. Her notes back and forth to Rainbow Bite were a highlight of the book for me. I also appreciate the resolution to conflict that was modeled throughout. Last, but not least -- Roller Derby! Now I must go see our very own Kansas City Roller Warriors when their 2020 season begins.

Charming book about trying new things, making new friends, working hard, and struggling through life. I smiled while reading it and look forward to more from Miss Jamieson.

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SarahC_13
Aug 08, 2019

When her mom takes her to a Roller Derby, Astrid REALLY wants to roller skate. She signs up for a summer Roller Derby camp, and expects her best friend, Nicole, to sign up as well. Things don't go as Astrid expected. This is one of my favorite books. I would recommend this book to everybody.

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gpb101
Aug 05, 2019

This was an amazing graphic novel filled with reality, friendship and struggle. Great book.

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