Roller Girl

Victoria Jamieson
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!


Reviewed: 2018-05-07

Libby is enjoying this because it is a good read, intense and overall a good book.

Reviewed: 2017-01-26

An interesting perspective on roller derby -- didn't know they had kid's leagues for it!

Reviewed: 2016-11-25
Loved this book! Shows that crying and toughness are not mutually exclusive. First graphic novel I've ever been able to get into.
Reviewed: 2016-11-21

The book Roller Girl is about a twelve year old girl, Astrid, who finds a new love for Roller Derby. One summer, she decides to go to Roller Derby camp, while her best friend, Nicole, attends a ballet camp. As Astrid is learning to overcome the difficulties of trying something new, she is also learning how to deal with the fact Nicole and her are drifting apart as friends. Victoria Jamieson takes you through the trials and tribulations of a twelve year old girl growing up and trying to fit in.

Roller Girl is a graphic novel. Many students are just being introduced to the graphic novels and how they are different than other stories they have read before. Instead of reading a book that is in narrative form, students are learning how to follow the different speech bubbles. I enjoyed this story because of the illustrations. The illustrations bring Astrid and the other characters in the book to life. The readers can learn how the characters are feeling, and thinking in the story. I would use this story to demonstrate how characters are feeling. I can choose to show the illustrations, or just show the speech bubbles. Students can act out how the character is feeling in a particular part with a partner.


I also can use this book to teach students that it is okay if you and your friend have different interest, and to disagree, but it is important to understand how each other is feeling. Victoria Jamieson does an excellent job of bringing these issues into this story. Many students grow apart from their friends because of their different interests. However, just because you may not be friends anymore, does not mean you cannot support each other. 

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