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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a 2016 Newbery Honor Award recipient about a young girl who discovers roller derby. This graphic novel 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. 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.

This is a great book for middle schoolers, and maybe even for as young as fourth grade! Great for fans of Raina Telgemeier.

Find Roller Girl available for check out on Libby/Overdrive.

(Reviewed by Joan)

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