Middle school is a tough time for kids. Interests are changing and sometimes friendships change as well. When Astrid and her best friend Nicole go to their first roller derby, Astrid has found what she wants to do. She plans to go to roller derby camp in the summer and just assumes that Nicole will too. But Nicole plans to go to dance camp. Astrid loves roller derby and works hard to be the best. But the other girls have a head start on her. But she makes a new friend and finds her passion. Will this mean that Nicole is left behind?
Ladies and Gentlemen! Your roller derby skaters tonight are: Thrilla Godzilla, Illegally Blonde, Rainbow Bite, Napoleon Blownapart, Braidy Punch, Slay Miserables, and… Astrid. Astrid is looking forward to another summer spent with her best friend, Nicole. They’ve done everything together since 1st grade. But when Astrid signs up for Roller Derby Camp, expecting Nicole to join her, she’s in for a shock. Nicole is already signed up for dance camp, along with their grade’s mean girl, and seems more interested in boys than skates. Now, Astrid faces a long summer of drills, training, bruises & falls, all without her best friend. But as the weeks go by, Astrid learns how not to fall over (usually), how to make a proper war face, and even makes a new friend. But former-best-friend drama and a summer of secrets from her mom catch up, and now Astrid must decide what she wants, and WHO she wants to be. (Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)
Astrid has been best friends with Nicole for almost her
entire life. When Astrid excitedly discovers roller
derby, she assumes that she and Nicole will go to roller
derby summer camp together. Instead, Nicole makes other
plans and goes to dance camp. Astrid struggles with the
idea that she and her best friend are drifting apart. At
the same time, she struggles to master the sport of
roller derby, which turns out to be more physically and
emotionally challenging than she ever imagined. In this
vibrant graphic novel, Astrid learns many lessons on
friendship, loss, and determination while also learning
how to be a Roller Girl. (Vermont
DCF Book Award 2017)
Astrid and her best friend Nicole have always done
everything together. The summer before they start
middle school, Astrid decides she wants to join the
local roller derby camp. She is crushed when she
learns Nicole doesn’t want to go to roller derby camp
but is going to ballet camp instead. Astrid ventures
into the world of roller derby on her own. Along
the way she learns some important lessons including how
to fall small, color her hair blue, navigate changing
friendships, and how to talk open and honestly with her
mom. This graphic novel follows Astrid as she
learns that it’s okay to move past friendships and form
new ones. (Oklahoma
Children’s Sequoyah 2018)
Having a friend with no similar interests as you is hard, but losing a friend because of it is even harder. Twelve-year-old Astrid is about to find this out the hard way when she develops an interest in roller derby, but Nicole, her best friend since forever, wants nothing to do with roller derby… or Astrid. Does Astrid have what it takes to be a Derby Girl and make a name for herself? Find out in Victoria Jamieson’s graphic novel Roller Girl. (Oklahoma Intermediate Sequoyah Award, 2018)
|SUBJECTS: Best friends - Fiction.
Cartoons and comics.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Roller derby -- Fiction.
Roller skating -- Fiction.
Sports -- Fiction.