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Joan Reviews… Roller Girl

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

Published: 2015

Age Range: 9-13

Genre: Fiction in Graphic Novel format

Awards: Newbery Honor

 

Joan read Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson and this is what she thought…

This is a relatable story about a middle school girl who discovers a new and consuming hobby. At the same time her relationship with her long-time best friend starts to fall apart. I liked that the book shared all the difficulties of trying something new – because most of us aren’t good at new things right away. I thought it was funny in a lot of places – it made fun of things we all feel (even when we grow up), but by poking fun at those things, it lets you not take everything so seriously.

This graphic novel is an example of realistic fiction. Jamieson uses events and situations that everyone experiences, to show that it’s okay if you change your mind about how you feel about something. Things in life are always changing! One of my favorite scenes is when Astrid and her mom talk and admit that neither of them knows how to handle some situations as Astrid gets older. They agree to try their best, and be honest with each other.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Definitely for middle schoolers, maybe even as young as fourth grade. I feel like it would appeal more to girls because of the strong female protagonist, but boys may enjoy it too because of the sports aspect (Go roller derby!). Roller Girl is a great tween read and the graphic format should make it very easy to get through for many kids.

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