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Roller Girl

Roller Girl

Graphic Novel - 2015
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Jan 23, 2021

My seven year old thought the book was so good. Here is what she said: The skating was cool. Made her feel like she wanted to go roller skating right away!

Nov 16, 2020

THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOO GOOD! I think this book is really good for young girls! I also love roller skating so it was perfect. I would recomend! 殺 _ _

Sep 15, 2020

In Roller Girl, Astrid’s eyes open up to a new passion when her mom takes her and her loyal best friend Nicole to a Roller Derby. Taking place in the summer before her first year of Junior High, Astrid joins Roller Derby Camp, but soon life starts to turn into a scoreboard when Nicole would rather do dance camp with Astrid’s enemy, changing all that Astrid ever knew about how to steer through life. With her new friend Zoey, and the advice of her favorite player Rainbow Bite, Astrid’s summer is turned into the Derby as she tries to keep up with the older girls. this coming-of-age graphic novel is relatable to every other teenager as Astrid faces a literal battle on the skating arena, keeps secrets from her mom, and slips through friendships like skates themselves.

Roller Girl was enjoyable for me to read because Astrid is a very relatable character that makes you go “been there, done that”. The simple conflicts Astrid goes through are very similar to the problems we face, like when Astrid doesn’t tell her mom before dying her hair or struggles to be on pace with the older girls in the camp. In effect of those problems, Astrid offers the reader amateur but witty insights that will have you shaking your head in laughter. The thing that makes Astrid the most relatable is her perspective on dealing with her issues, especially friendship. Astrid, being twelve, sometimes solves her problems too selfishly, treating some people in her life with hate rather than cooperating and surrendering some of her desires. The way Astrid grows to understand compassion is a mirror to many of us as we grow from children to people we are.

This would humorously witty book is a must-read for graphic novel lovers, especially people dreading the surprises of Junior High!

JCLGladisO Jul 17, 2020

It turns out I really like Victorias Jamieson's graphic novels. This Newberry Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Rolle Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship, surviving Junior high, making new friends, and going in different paths.

"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" (Amazon, 2019).

Jul 10, 2020

i love this comic book so much!
i would recommend this book to anyone!

Jan 03, 2020

This is such a great story I loved so much. I would definitely suggest it to someone who enjoys graphic novels.

Oct 18, 2019

This book is truly great, I have read it about 4 times.

Sep 19, 2019

This full-color, Newbery-Honor graphic novel is well represented by its cover art with Asteroid in her kick butt costume (including her rainbow socks from her former best friend Nicole). Even though this story just covers one summer in Astrid's life, we learn so much along with her about hard work, friendship, honesty and encouraging others. Her notes back and forth to Rainbow Bite were a highlight of the book for me. I also appreciate the resolution to conflict that was modeled throughout. Last, but not least -- Roller Derby! Now I must go see our very own Kansas City Roller Warriors when their 2020 season begins.

Charming book about trying new things, making new friends, working hard, and struggling through life. I smiled while reading it and look forward to more from Miss Jamieson.

Aug 08, 2019

When her mom takes her to a Roller Derby, Astrid REALLY wants to roller skate. She signs up for a summer Roller Derby camp, and expects her best friend, Nicole, to sign up as well. Things don't go as Astrid expected. This is one of my favorite books. I would recommend this book to everybody.

Aug 05, 2019

This was an amazing graphic novel filled with reality, friendship and struggle. Great book.

Groszerita Apr 16, 2019

Astrid and her best friend, Nicole, are going through their separate ways and Astrid is hurt by it. Astrid loves roller derby and can't understand why her bff Nicole loves ballet. Astrid is forced to join the team alone and she realizes that it's harder than she thought.

Topics are friendship, mother and daughter relationships, finding your self.

Feb 20, 2019


Hillsboro_RobP Dec 19, 2018

If it doesn't make you smile, you are simply broken. Roller Derby, Portland Oregon, and engaging middle school drama at its best.

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!

Aug 01, 2018

Love it! Perfect for people going into junior high!

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

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!!

Apr 07, 2018

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

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.

Jul 29, 2017

it was a great book! loved it!

Jul 12, 2017

I love how Astrid Always looked up to rainbow bite like an older sister and how Rainbow bite looked to her as a younger sister. I also liked how at the end they both wanted each others autographs.

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