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The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile For most of her twelve years Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole But after Astrid falls in love with roller derb. This is a very good coming of age story for girls I purchased it to pre read I m on the fence about giving it to my 7 year old who is an avid reader 2 3 years above her age There is a lot of stronger language There was only one instance of an actual curse word being used ass turd and that was only by a child being nasty It s also pretty intense tween drama and my daughter hasn t reached that point in her age hopefully not for another year or two so I don t know if it will make sense for herI think it would resonate best with kids who are 9 to 14 a time when children run into a lot of misunderstandings coupled with hormones I remember being exactly that age as a couple long term friends and I split apart with our differences The main character Astrid has a lot of intense emotions that are experienced at that age and comes to the understanding that she was actually part of the issue when it comes to the demise of her friendship with her best friend Nicole She realizes she was caught up in her own world and stopped paying attention to the person Nicole grew into They seemed to make peace they were taking different paths but it s up in the air whether or not they will be friends It seems like a parent could mention is that it s okay good even to have friends in different aspects of your life They don t have to share all your interests You don t have to part ways even if the main things you love are very differentI am not completely sure about the message at the end Astrid chooses to eat dinner with her roller derby friends instead of Nicole after the game That is okay except Astrid leaves Nicole s gift of flowers at the bleachers I know it s meant to be powerfully symbolic but it seems so wasteful Why not regift themBut perhaps I am overthinking this The book is still a good message for girls as we woman are too often pressured to put others feelings in front of ours or hang onto a relationship as long as possible which actually makes things worse It also touches on a subject that seems to be pretty universal for tweens and young teens even those who don t playlike roller derby Mischief and Marriage years Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole But after Astrid falls in love with roller derb. This is a very good coming of age story for girls I purchased it to pre read I m on the fence about giving it to my 7 Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, years above her age There is a lot of stronger language There was only one instance of an actual curse word being used ass turd and that was only by a child being nasty It s also pretty intense tween drama and my daughter hasn t reached that point in her age hopefully not for another Her Husbands Christmas Bargain year or two so I don t know if it will make sense for herI think it would resonate best with kids who are 9 to 14 a time when children run into a lot of misunderstandings coupled with hormones I remember being exactly that age as a couple long term friends and I split apart with our differences The main character Astrid has a lot of intense emotions that are experienced at that age and comes to the understanding that she was actually part of the issue when it comes to the demise of her friendship with her best friend Nicole She realizes she was caught up in her own world and stopped paying attention to the person Nicole grew into They seemed to make peace they were taking different paths but it s up in the air whether or not they will be friends It seems like a parent could mention is that it s okay good even to have friends in different aspects of The Geography of Witchcraft your life They don t have to share all Hold On To Me your interests You don t have to part ways even if the main things Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you love are very differentI am not completely sure about the message at the end Astrid chooses to eat dinner with her roller derby friends instead of Nicole after the game That is okay except Astrid leaves Nicole s gift of flowers at the bleachers I know it s meant to be powerfully symbolic but it seems so wasteful Why not regift themBut perhaps I am overthinking this The book is still a good message for girls as we woman are too often pressured to put others feelings in front of ours or hang onto a relationship as long as possible which actually makes things worse It also touches on a subject that seems to be pretty universal for tweens and Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, young teens even those who don t playlike roller derby

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Roller Girl

Oser 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 this graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews real life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming of age story about friendship perseverance and girl pow. I borrowed this graphic novel from our local library for my oldest daughter who is nine years old I had wanted to purchase it first but didn t know if she would like it She ended up reading it in one seating and loving it The book is intended for kids just a few years older than her but she was able to read it and understand it She read it multiple times We ended up buying her roller skates it made her so excited to try In turn she asked if we could buy her this book I couldn t say no I read it as well and liked the message the author had in regards to growing up and friendships sometimes ending and changing It s something a young adult could relate to Marriage by Deception years older than her but she was able to read it and understand it She read it multiple times We ended up buying her roller skates it made her so excited to try In turn she asked if we could buy her this book I couldn t say no I read it as well and liked the message the author had in regards to growing up and friendships sometimes ending and changing It s something a A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House young adult could relate to

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Y 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 cl. Victoria Jamieson s Roller Girl captivated me right off and only grew sweeter on a second reading In addition to the immersive power of graphic novels the story of Roller Girl delivers a solid punch 12 year old Astrid Vasuez gets hooked on roller derby and devotes herself to the sport while navigating the ups and downs of middle school friendshipsAstrid s passion for roller derby ignites when Ms Vasuez takes Astrid and her best friend Nicole to their first derby bout Afterward Astrid can talk of nothing but the derby and fails to notice that Nicole doesn t share her excitement Come on how could she not Check out the theater of it all the players costumes and wild hair colors the electricity of the crowd and the take no prisoners energy that drives the sport Astrid even discovers an idol in Rainbow Bite a star jammer for the Rose City Rollers who exemplifies roller derby s ferocity and skill Astrid loves the fact that there s nothing girlie or restrained about roller derby culture and when she hears about summer camp for junior players she s chomping at the bit to sign up Best friends do everything together right This assumption crumbles when Nicole reveals that she s planning to attend dance camp instead along with Rachel Astrid s one true nemesis from their early elementary daysWith Nicole s desertion Astrid has to face the first day at derby camp alone From there complications abound Ms Vasuez is under the impression that Nicole s mom will give Astrid a ride home at the end of each day s session Astrid is afraid to tell her mom that Nicole isn t participating as this would lead to all sorts of uestions Astrid wants to avoid As a result the lies she must tell and the long walks home she must endure only add to the drama of those first grueling weeks at the rink Did I mention that Astrid discovers she s a lousy skaterDespite aching muscles and botched skill drills Astrid persists and finds new motivations as she enters deeply into the world of her chosen sport The camp coaches balance demanding practices with timely pep talks and Astrid strikes up a friendship with Zoey a camper her age Another boost comes in the form of a correspondence with Rainbow Bite that starts when Astrid discovers the star jammer s locker and begins leaving notes for her Rainbow proves a generous celebrity and writes back with inspiring tipsNone of these triumphs mean that Astrid transforms into a roller derby standout what matters are the personal victories that she achieves over the course of the summer including earning the respect of her teammates and figuring out some important things about who she is and what sort of friend she wants to beRoller Girl succeeds on multiple levels Through a lively narrative and a rich visual landscape it draws readers into the fascinating world of roller derby often explaining the rules and strategies of a sport unfamiliar to many through clever diagrams and dramatized scenes Through these invitations to explore the sport it portrays women and girls as highly capable both physically and intellectually Readers get a clear sense that women can and should take on tough challengesIn addition Roller Girl gives us a Latina character comfortable with her ethnic identity and shows us Anglo characters who are eually accepting Astrid s Latina background doesn t even emerge until page 54 and only much later do we learn that the family is Puerto Rican This information comes across casually as just another cool detail about the main character At least this is how Astrid s new friend Zoey takes the information when Astrid reveals it during a scene in which West Side Story plays in the backgroundAstrid says to Zoey I ve seen this movie My mom made me watch this for an evening of Puerto Rican cultural heritage Or something At first blush the idea that an adult puertorriue a would push this movie as representative of her culture struck me as improbable I associate West Side Story with racial stereotypes discriminatory casting white actors playing the Puerto Rican leads and the problematic practice of filming lighter skinned Latino actors in brown face But after asking around I learned that not all Latinos recoil at the legacy of West Side Story and many view Rita Moreno s dynamic Oscar winning performance as a cause for celebrationIn general my sense is that ethnicity may not be central to the story yet it gives readers additional exposure to a positively framed diverse character who faces the same challenges most 12 year olds face In fact one of the biggest ways that Roller Girl succeeds is in its depiction of Astrid s emotional journey It delivers an honest and satisfying ride through many of the complex social and internal upheavals of middle school life I particularly like the author s portrayal of mixed emotions On one page a central panel depicts a kindergarten poster of cartoon faces bearing unambiguous expressions The caption reads The feelings were all simple ones like happy and sad They didn t tell you about feelings that got mixed together like a smoothie In the next panel Astrid contemplates exactly such mixed together feelings the result of running into Nicole after weeks of separation Astrid is happy to see her former best friend yet sad about the emotional distance that stands between them now Out of this she coins a new word shad a distillation of those contradictory feelings happy and sad This moment of acceptance that emotions are complex seems to me a marker that a character is coming of ageAs happens with the best of sports stories Roller Girl follows a character s trajectory through brutal training challenges inevitable setbacks as well as moments of triumph and elevates these into something beyond athletic achievement At twelve Astrid is finding her way in the world Some of her falls are literal and happen on the skating rink Some are relational and emotional and arrive without the benefit of coaches to teach her how to land injury free The important thing is that after each fall Astrid is learning how to dust herself off and get back into the game


4 thoughts on “Roller Girl

  1. says:

    This is a very good coming of age story for girls I purchased it to pre read I'm on the fence about giving it to my 7 year old who is an avid reader 2 3 years above her age There is a lot of stronger language There was only one instance of an actual curse word being used—ass turd and that was only by a child b

  2. says:

    Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl captivated me right off and only grew sweeter on a second reading In addition to the immersive power of graphic novels the story of Roller Girl delivers a solid punch 12 year old Astrid V

  3. says:

    I borrowed this graphic novel from our local library for my oldest daughter who is nine years old I had wanted to purchase it first but didn't know if she would like it She ended up reading it in one seating and loving it The book is intended for kids just a few years older than her but she was able to read it and understand it She read it multiple times We ended up buying her roller skates it made her so excited to try

  4. says:

    This book won a Caldecott Honor and rightfully so What a great story for middle school girls Relationships in this age group can be difficult and mean between young girls This book tells a story about trying to adjust to changing friendships These changes also come with decisions to take a different path Roller girl tried something

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