Roller Girl

Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson


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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 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 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 power!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803740167
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 20,658
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: GN440L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Victoria Jamieson received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a children’s book designer before moving to Portland and becoming a freelance illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. She maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league.

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Praise for Pest in Show:

"Sure to tickle the fancy of fun- and pun-loving youngsters and would-be young stars. This silly read-, dance-, and sing-aloud could be a smash hit."—Kirkus Reviews

"Brimming with buggy puns, wordplay, reworked classics (“I’m Housefly the Garbage Man,” set to the tune of “Popeye the Sailor Man,” is the standout), matched in tone by Jamieson’s brash collage and acrylic cartoons—SLJ

Praise for Olympig:

"An amusing lesson in how to lose gracefully." —USA Today
"Jamieson snatches moral victory from the jaws of athletic defeat with warmth, satirical wit, and old-fashioned silliness." —SLJ

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Roller Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book so many times and i loved it. This has such a great and relatable story line. i defenitly recomend this book to everyone who can read it. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go rollar scates
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot about roller skating from this book. I’ve read books with girls who play in a roller derby, but I didn’t actually know the rules of the game. It was fascinating, but I would be too scared of all the shoving and falling to play it myself. Astrid is facing a difficult time in her life with her friends. Her best friend and her are growing apart. They have different interests and go to different camps for the summer. Astrid also has to learn how to be open with her mother when she is caught in some lies. She grows as a character through the story. I really enjoyed this book about teamwork and friendship.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was really good. Love the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it I wish the author made more comic books!
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This was a super fun read. I learned more about roller derby while getting to know Astrid and some other awesome skaters. The artwork was fantastic, and the storyline kept me intrigued, wanting to read more. I'd highly recommend this one for anyone looking for a MG graphic novel with a unique focus. #girlpower
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great graphic novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wicked cool bro!??????
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel is very popular at a 5th -6th grade building where I teach and after reading it, I see why the kids snag it off the shelf. This book is about middle school. I liked that it covered changing friends and changing circles, which is a huge deal in middle school. It’s hard for kids to adjust to new friends and new groups of people when they have been with the same group of individuals throughout grade school. It’s a whole new smorgasbord of kids in middle school and that’s what we have at this school where I teach and this author tackles this subject in this novel. I also like how Astrid assumes things, she assumes her best friend will do things because she is her “best friend”, she assumes roller skating won’t be hard, she assumes she won’t be caught in the lies that she tells, she assumes other things as that is how Astrid lives her life. I also liked the struggles that this novel tackles. I adored the main character Astrid because she was one determined individual. When she wants something, she tries her hardest to succeed. At the beginning of this novel, I thought she had low self-esteem and as the novel progresses she matures, she becomes a deeper person. Astrid and Nicole have been best friends for years. Astrid’s mother exposes the girls to their first roller derby. An advertisement promoting Junior Roller Derby Camp inside the roller derby program excites Astrid and she feels that this is exactly what Nicole and Astrid will do this summer. Astrid is pumped about going to the camp and she starts to make a list of things she must do to be successful at the camp. Disappointment sets in when Astrid realizes that Nicole doesn’t want to attend the camp with her and that Nicole has her eyes set on Dance Camp with Rachel, a girl that Astrid doesn’t like. Astrid is not giving up on her dream of Junior Camp even if it means she will be attending it by herself. Meanwhile Nicole is attending Dance Camp with Rachel, pushing these two girls closer together and causing tension between the best friends where there was none before. I could feel the pain and frustration of the characters as they tried to find their independence. On day one, Astrid was going solo, in a strange environment and she was left feeling disappointment, angry, and frustrated and I know we all have been there. She needed a pep talk, someone to tell her it was okay and yet her best friend was no longer in the picture to give her those words that she really needed. I was hoping someone would step up to the plate and help her out before she gave up. I liked how she struggled; I liked how lots of the characters struggled in this novel and how they fought, for sometimes that is how you come through the storm to grow. This novel was better than I anticipated, it had great teachable moments, great tidbits within the bigger story. Now when students are reading this story, I can talk to them about it and hopefully make some connections with them.
Ashley_Belletristic_Books More than 1 year ago
This review was originally posted on my blog Belletristic Books. I had high expectations for Roller Girl and it didn’t disappoint me at all! I totally loved this tale about growing up as well as the hardships that come with growing apart from friends. This book truly made me think about past friendships I’ve had that didn’t work out and how that’s okay because sometimes people develop differing interests. Besides just having great life lessons about friendships and honesty, this story had me laughing a lot! Astrid is quite funny and the scenes between her and a new friend she makes at derby camp, Zoey, are just utterly amusing! I thought that Astrid was also very realistic. She has problems and she’s not flawless – in fact, she’s kind of average. Although she genuinely wants to be a strong roller girl, she has to work at making her skating skills better since at the beginning of the book she can barely skate without falling! In terms of Astrid and Nicole’s relationship, they’ve been best friends since the first grade yet it seems like they’ve only been doing what Astrid has been interested in. As they’re about to start junior high, Astrid wants to join derby camp yet Nicole likes dance and is more concerned with dressing better and talking to boys. Whoever decided that Roller Girl should be in full color had the right idea! I adored the artwork in this book and it was so much more gorgeous due to all the various colors. I believe that the pacing in this was really great too. Astrid’s journey didn’t feel rushed and all of the scenes lead up to a practical and enjoyable conclusion. I’ve had a hard time writing this review since I love this book so much and what I want you to do is go read Roller Girl instead of my views on it! This book has definitely earned 5 out of 5 stars because it’s comical and cute yet it really shows how imperfect friendships, people, and life can be. I took this book out from my local library but I definitely want to buy my own copy! This book may be geared towards middle grade readers but I think teens and adults will appreciate it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing how Astrid took a hit for the team and wouldn't give it up. This is very inspiring and I would love to recommend this book to anyone in my class!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much it is awesome I want to be in a roller durbie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this at my schools libaray. It says a bad bad word. I gave it to the liabraian, she could care less!