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***********GRAPHIC NOVEL AND NEWBERY HONOR BOOK***********
The Best Thing about this Book is the world of roller derby, of course. So fun.
Premise: Astrid has always been best friends with Nicole, but as they age, their interests are parting ways. While Astrid wants to learn to roller skate and participate in roller derby, Nicole wants to spend her summer at dance camp. Astrid must figure out her way on skates, in derby, in friendships, and family over the course of the summer.
Title: This one’s more-or-less what you see is what you get: Astrid wants to be a roller girl.
Main Character(s): Astrid, 6th grade (she/her), 12 yo
Motifs (not exhaustive): friendship, identity, truth, change, sport, strength, female strength
Great for…* (readers): who are reluctant readers. It’s a graphic novel after all and the artwork is great. Good for goofy girls or edgy ones as well as athletes and roller derby enthusiasts. There is a girl power sub-element to roller derby that comes through in this book with few male characters.
Great for…* (teachers): This is not a book I’d use in class or as an assignment unless it were specific to the study of the structure of a graphic novels (perhaps in comparison to a traditional one).
Parental Warning(s): N/A
Interact: Have you ever been to a roller derby bout? Or would you?
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*The “Great for” category is not exhaustive and does not intend to neglect the multitude of readers/teachers who could learn from this book in any number of ways.
٭ = DNF, would not recommend
٭٭ = would not recommend
٭٭٭ = enjoyable, would recommend
٭٭٭٭ = very good, would recommend
٭٭٭٭٭ = amazing, would definitely recommend