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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson

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Fun take on what it would be like to be on a junior roller derby team. Realistic depiction of roller derby and the frustrations of the early teen years.

Astrid decides to join the junior roller derby team after her mom takes her to a match. When she starts out she is the worst player on the team. She has moments of wanting to quick, but always jumps back in. Although her relationship with her best friend starts to fall apart when they realize they have different interests, she makes a new friend on the team. Soon Astrid is dying her hair and starting to fit in. Good coming of age story about the trials and tribulations of junior high and trying to figure out who you are. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
Astrid and her best friend, Nicole, are taken to a roller derby where Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp; however, Nicole decides to join dance instead. Astrid dreams of being a jammer and gradually gains confidence in herself through befriending Zoey and practicing with her; however, Zoey is chosen to be a jammer instead of her. As a result, there is a strain in her friendship with Zoey, making Astrid feel even more alone. Astrid's mother finds out that Astrid has been lying to her about her and Nicole being in the derby class together and makes her apologize to Nicole, which begins to mend their friendship and opens Astrid’s eyes to how selfish she has been. Ultimately, Astrid finds a way to support Zoey in the roller derby bout and they regain their friendship, and she recognizes that her and Nicole have both changed over the summer and chooses to celebrate her game with her new roller derby friends. As an educator, I would use this text to focus on emphasizing classroom rules. Specifically, this book is a great tool to demonstrate the importance of the golden rule, (treat others you would want to be treated), a notable characteristic . Instructionally, this text can be used to focus on sequencing or summarizing events because it is formatted in a comic-like nature allowing students ,who were not previously introduced to summarizing, to have a visual representation of the events. The intended audience for this book would be 3rd and 6th graders because the content is more complex and deal with the complexity of emotions, and discusses the transitional phase between elementary and middle school. Personally, I found this book to be very informational because it touched on friendship and discussed how it is acceptable to gain new friends and grow apart from old friends. ( )
  K.Luna | Apr 24, 2018 |
In the beginning of this book there were two friends who drifted apart and roller girl ends up standing out on her own. Determined to become the best roller girl that she can be and know all the information there is to know about roller derby. This would be a great book to introduce to students to start a new hobby. ( )
  jessrobinson19 | Apr 23, 2018 |
Loved this book so much!! Not only is little Astrid Puerto Rican but her mom is a university librarian! So happy to finally find a relatable character! Cute and colorful novel! Would recommend to anyone who likes graphic novels. ( )
  Anisadara36 | Feb 19, 2018 |
Throughout Roller Girl there was a struggle as the main character and her best friend grew apart and became interested in different things. The book also shows how roller girl stands her ground and is determined to learn how to roller derby. This can be used in the classroom when sparking students interest on new things and showing the students that determination can result in success. ( )
  carriganchambers | Feb 11, 2018 |
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Many thanks to skaters around the world who let me borrow their derby names for some of my characters. This book is dedicated to them, and to all the skaters, officials, volunteers, and fans who bring roller derby to life. I'm so proud to be part of this incredible community.
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If you really want to know, it all began back in fifth grade back when Nicole and I were still best friends.
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For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.
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 her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:50 -0400)

"A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart"--

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