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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780803740167
0803740166
Branch Call Number: jgn JAMIESON 2015
Characteristics: 239 pages, 1 unnumbered page : color illustrations ; 22 cm

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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

Middle schooler Astrid gets over loneliness by learning roller derby. And where does she train? At Portland's Oaks Amusement Park. RL 3.2

Astrid discovers the roller derby just as she and her best friend are drifting apart. This is set in Portland.


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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!

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leileileeculham
Aug 01, 2018

Love it! Perfect for people going into junior high!

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Ms_Tiddilybops
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

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portiachasemsncom
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!!

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eklas777
Apr 07, 2018

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

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yanwang219
Oct 01, 2017

Totally awesome! Roller girl Astrid really tries hard. Spoiler: I love the part where she dyes her hair! Thinking about dying my own
The roller name asteroid really suits her! Ps who can tell me who is jack Hugh man?! Oh I think he’s a tv star or something. I love ❤️ this book! Be on the 👀 look out for All’s fair by Victoria Jamieson , same author of Roller Girl! I already have it, pretty good.

Mark_Daly Aug 14, 2017

Totally awesome empowering tween fiction. The story offers a satisfying and realistic blend of risk-taking and roiling emotion, while still remaining in a cocoon of supportive family and adults. Should be read by kids and parents alike.

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catenhoope
Jul 29, 2017

it was a great book! loved it!

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