Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Publisher Blurb

Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new friend instead, and so begins the toughest summer of Astrid’s life. There are bumps and bruises as Astrid learns who she is without Nicole…and what it takes to be a strong, tough roller girl. Blurb retrieved from Goodreads.com.

My Thoughts: 4/5 Stars

I don’t read a lot of graphic novels and, before Roller Girl, I didn’t know anything about roller derby. I also never read middle grade books. But, at the recommendation of a fellow librarian, I picked up Roller Girl. I’m so happy I did!

The story moves around Astrid growing into herself, her friendships, and being a teenager. Astrid works really hard at roller derby throughout the story, but [spoiler] never becomes the best on her team. We see how she gains self-esteem and confidence without being “the best.”  I love that message. Roller Girl is bright, funny, and heartwarming. It is never preachy, but delivers great messages on dealing with parents, friends who change as they grow, and how to be yourself. It will be one of my new recommendations to tween-age girls.

Themes:

  • Friendship
  • Feminism
  • Girl Power
  • Growing Up
  • Women Athletes

Recommend To:

  • Tween girls
  • Reluctant/struggling readers
  • Reluctant (and not reluctant!) graphic novel readers

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