Monday, March 23, 2015

Middle School Monday: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson



 Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson



Jammer, Blocker, Pivot…

Do these words sound familiar? They're the three positions you can play in roller derby.

If you’ve never seen a roller derby game, it looks a little like hockey but with no pucks or stick and instead of ice, you skate on a gym floor. It’s fast, fun and full of the coolest players with names like Stabigail Adams and Anita Punchya.

Astrid is done with elementary school and she’s ready for something fun to do over the summer. When her mom takes Astrid and her best friend to a roller derby bout, she suddenly knows what she wants to do. There’s a junior roller derby camp!

But she soon learns that you don’t become a fierce roller derby champion over night. Instead she’s learning things like the proper way to fall so you don’t run the risk of getting your fingers rolled over  and how to keep yourself from getting flipped over the side of the track if someone checks you. She’s going home with bruises every night and on top of that her best friend’s going to BALLET CAMP this summer?? What’s a girl to do?

With a little help from Astrid’s roller hero, Rainbow Bite, and a whole lot of stick-to-it-ness, will Astrid be able to become her own roller derby hero??

This is a seriously fun graphic novel that is perfect for sports fans and just fans of a great story. Astrid's journey to becoming a tough and capable roller derby player is one that anyone who's tried to get better at something will relate to. Plus it's got gorgeous art and great style! 

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