Sunday, February 14, 2016

Book twenty-one: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Another graphic novel under my belt. I'm really enjoying these, I must say. Roller Girl is particularly awesome for us because it is placed in Portland just down the street from where we live. The trail Roller Girl practices on during camp is the same trail Darren often uses when biking to work and the one we take when riding our bikes to OMSI. So awesome! I don't know if Henry will ever be interested in reading this tale, which mainly focuses on the changing friendships of girls in middle school, but I certainly enjoyed it.

Astrid is introduced to the roller derby world with her best friend when her mom takes them out for a evening of cultural enlightenment (otherwise known as an ECE). She is mesmerized by what she sees and immediately dreams of someday being on the team. So when summer starts and camp begins, she is there with her skates on and ready to go. Only she is alone because her best friend is at ballet camp instead. Astrid isn't the star roller skater she thought she'd be and she discovers that she'll have to work harder and longer than just about everyone else if she hopes to compete in the upcoming bout. She's worried about the lying she's done to her mom, misses her friend, and can't find a good roller derby name.

This book won the John Newbery Medal in 2016.

21 down plus 31 to go.

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