- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, full colour illustrations throughout
- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Publication Date: 08/04/2015
- Category: Comic strip fiction / graphic novels
- ISBN: 9780803740167
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Review by askum
I really thought this book was excellent and all pre-teens should read this especially the girls because they could learn some pointers. My students loved this book as well and they are all pre-teens and want to read more books like this in the future.
Review by asomers
Fans of Raina Telgemeier's series will love this new graphic novel. Roller Derby is not a topic that is usually covered in children's lit! This is a classic coming of age story in the most unlikely of settings.
Review by Sullywriter
Great graphic novel about friendship, girl power, surviving middle school, and roller derby!
Review by ElizaJane
This is a wonderful wholesome coming of age story of a middle schooler dealing with many issues facing children of this age but particularly one which almost all of us go through. That time when we find ourselves drifting away from the best friend we've had since kindergarten. Nicole and Astrid will be starting junior high after this summer and though they've always done everything together, this summer Astrid is joining Roller Derby camp and Nicole doesn't want to because she has already decided to join Ballet camp. Their interests have been going in different directions lately anyway, but everything changes when Nicole befriends Astrid's archnemesis Rachel. Astrid's coming-of-age story is inspiring and compelling as she faces the determination of becoming fascinated with a new interest (roller derby) and puts her determination into learning to not just play but starting from scratch with learning to skate. She makes new friends, dyes her hair, experiences lying to mother and having to "'fess up", then finds her relationship with her mom maturing as she herself matures. It's also a humorous story with lots of comic moments and has the reader rooting for Astrid and her new friend. The art is charming and somewhat reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier and this will appeal to fans of her books as well. I'm completely smitten!
Review by Rosa.Mill
Astrid goes to a roller derby game with her mom and best friend and loves it so much that she signs up for Juniors camp in the summer. The focus of the book is on the deterioration of Astrid's friendship with her best friend and on Astrid working hard to get better at roller derby and sort of starting to find her way through the tough teen stuff. The derby part of the book gives an accurate portrayal of how hard one must work to participate and the gameplay seems fairly accurate, although they don't go into in major detail and I think if they did they would lose people (although it was clearly written before the bout/game changeover; we call them games now, not bouts.) The real draw to the story is the life stuff; her worries about her friendship with Nicole, her budding friendship with Zooey, and her feelings about herself. The artwork is fun, colorful and reflects the upbeat nature of the story.
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