Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl

For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new friend instead, and so begins the toughest summer of Astrid's life. There are bumps and bruises as Ast...


Details Roller Girl

TitleRoller Girl
ISBN9780803740167
Author
Release DateMar 10th, 2015
PublisherDial Books
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages240 pages
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports, Young Adult, Comics
Rating

Reviews Roller Girl

  • Raina
    2015-01-18
    Well. I'm certainly going to be recommending THIS book a lot in the future. ;) Five stars!
  • Erica
    2015-03-23
    Last year, my favorite middle-grade book was Sisters. I think Roller Girl will be this year's favorite because it. is. AMAZING.Summary: Astrid Vasquez, dubbed Ass-turd by her nemesis, Rachel, has been best friends with Nicole forever. Astrid is the kid who does her own thing, is a little wild and very active, is the tomboy who poses a threat to kids with less confidence. But she doesn't know any of that, she just knows that it's always been her a...
  • Raina
    2014-11-22
    Holy crap, I'm so excited that I get to be a kids librarian in a time when the market is nurturing and embracing literature like this. Jamieson has a soft spot for the everysoul - she doesn't tell stories just about the stars of the world. Here, she uses her background playing roller derby to tell a coming of age story about a tween. It's (subtly) set in PDX, which is a nice perk. I really liked that Jamieson introduced derby as one activity in a...
  • Jenna
    2016-12-06
    Here are of my favorite roller derby player names from this excellent girl-empowerment book that will be enjoyable to young people and adults alike, and that you should all go out and buy for your daughters/granddaughters/nieces etc. and read with them immediately! -Rainbow BiteNapoleon BlownapartSlays MiserablesBraidy PunchHeidi Go-SeekMarz RollverDraculolaScream Soda...and perhaps my favorite: in her bio, the author, a bona fide roller girl her...
  • Sesana
    2015-05-19
    This book came to my attention because of the subject matter (roller derby!), because of the cute cover, and because the blurb compared it to Raina Telgemeier. I love Telgemeier, and I'm happy to report that the comparison was fitting.I admit that I was kind of expecting the general story arc that you usually find in a kids' sport story. Think Bad News Bears, Sandlot, Mighty Ducks. This is not exactly that story arc. Sure, Astrid is enthusiastic ...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2016-02-13
    Oh, I loved Roller Girl. I came across it during a shopping trip at Gosh! Comics with my friend Daphne and one glance at the cover me it was the graphic novel for me! Roller Girl is the heartwarming tale of friendship and roller derby over one summer, beautifully written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson. It perfectly captures what it's like to be growing up when you're not a child, but not quite a teenager.Astrid is 12-years-old and does ev...
  • Liz
    2015-03-31
    This graphic novel is perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's books, as it is very similar in tone and artwork. I really enjoyed the storyline of complicated friendships, which came to a very satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended! I will definitely be giving my niece a copy of this book for her 12th birthday.
  • Abby Johnson
    2015-02-24
    Um, just so, so good. Not only is this a super introduction to the world of roller derby (something I knew nothing about but now feel like I could understand), but it's an empowering story of girls navigating middle school friendships and never, ever giving up on their dreams. For the first time, Astrid is spending the summer apart from her best friend Nicole who is so not interested in roller derby and elects to sign up for ballet camp. Not only...
  • Heather Taake
    2017-02-23
    #girlpower
  • Meredith
    2015-03-30
    This is every bit as cute as your friends are probably telling you it is. My husband also read and loved this book, and has decided that that our imaginary future daughter is definitely doing roller derby.For those interested, I think my derby name would have been "NightMer." Husband says his is "Slaymier."
  • Misty
    2016-03-08
    This was cute, had great humor throughout, and the art was very clean, crisp and colorful (yay, alliteration!). Also, roller derby. What more could you want? =D
  • David Schaafsma
    2015-04-01
    Raina Telgemeier territory, which is to say it is a perfect antidote to the sturm und drang and anguish and suffering of Crime and Punishment! :) Happy and positive and colorful.A girl grows up with a mom taking her and her sister to the opera and ballet to expose her to supergirly cultural experiences, which are okay for her, but one day mom takes her to the roller derby and her life is changed! She finds like-minded friends and fun and competit...
  • Pamela
    2015-09-25
    Evidently, I had a bit of a binge on graphic novels recently.Hooray! Book binging is the best kind!I was really looking forward to Rollergirl, and while it was quite good, it wasn't exactly the descending-from-heaven-MG-title I was looking for while Raina Telgemeier writes her next one (please, she is writing another, correct?). I can't quite decide whether my newborn desire to take up roller derby is fortunate or unfortunate.Oh, come on. I come ...
  • The Styling Librarian
    2015-03-25
    Rollergirl by Victoria Jamieson - Graphic Novel - 4th grade and up - Loved this book. Knocked my socks off. Loved how Astrid, the main character, is so inspired by the roller derby that she goes to see with her mom that she enthusiastically signs up for roller derby summer camp. Also appreciated how friendships in the story can be challenged, stretched, and reshaped. This is a book that really takes to heart being true to yourself, not letting ot...
  • Kristen
    2015-04-21
    After thinking this one over for a day or two, I think I need to bump up my rating to 5 stars. It's a really wonderful graphic novel about friendship, growing up, and roller derby. Also, although this makes it sound preachy (which it emphatically ISN'T!), it's about the importance of persevering and working hard when you aren't good at something, and how it's worth it to do that if it's something you love. Such a great message.Really good, great ...
  • Dov Zeller
    2015-06-28
    Such a great book! I am so close to giving it a 5. Beautiful storytelling, with some elements of a great underdog sports film and the witty, artsy, feistiness of roller derby and then just a lot of charm. I really appreciated the complexity of the relationships and all the hard work and joy de vivre (of the artist and the players).
  • Jim Leesch
    2015-07-27
    Why the hell are you reading this review instead of reading the book? GO! NOW! You can come back and thank me later.
  • Fruitloopz
    2016-12-05
    This book is great I finished it in two days and couldn't keep my eyes off of it!I totally recemend this book!
  • Barb Middleton
    2015-08-14
    Good fiction allows readers to acquire knowledge and understanding about themselves through experiencing with characters different emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. When readers gain self-identification from reading, the fiction becomes a tool for socialization and education. Childhood and adolescence is a difficult time because it is when self-identities are forming, but the brain is not fully developed making decision-making and self-knowledge ...
  • Allison
    2017-02-17
    I didn't know if I should rate this a 4 or 5 star... I really liked this book, but it's not my favorite book ever.
  • Nicola Mansfield
    2015-10-29
    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 Nic...
  • Laura
    2015-12-31
    This is so cool. This graphic novel reminds me of the best of the middle-school graphic novels, such as Smile, which are very much about making friends, and keeping friends, and growing up and apart.Astrid, the main character, goes with her best friend, Nicole, to see a Roller Derby show, and falls in love with it. Astrid hopes that her friend will share her desire to take a Roller Derby summer camp, but Nicole wants to do Ballet Summer Camp.And ...
  • Xueting
    2015-10-25
    Another awesome read and new favourite! I love how the author lets Astrid make mistakes and let time take its course for her to learn from them and make amends :) the friendships here are so special I wish I had all these girls as friends!! Except Rachel, maybe... Zoey is awesome! And of course Astrid - that girl is no dud! I love that Astrid has such a great relationship with her mom too. The talk they had is an incredible scene, I don't think I...
  • Elizabeth A
    2015-04-17
    This graphic novel targeted at the middle school reader is a wonderful story about the complexity of friendships, and the grit to go after your dreams.Twelve year old Astrid is smitten when she attends a Roller Derby event, and decides to sign up for derby camp. Turns out her best friend Nicole plans to attend dance camp instead. Astrid has to negotiate new challenges, face her fears, and negotiate some tough stuff. This is a fun and fast read th...
  • Kristen
    2016-05-13
    This was a really cute story. I don't read many graphic novels, but I like that this one tackled so many things that middle grade readers will connect with: growing apart from friends, allowing others to shine, being honest with yourself and others...an so on. Astrid is a great character, and I love that we see a girl doing something aggressive and different. And I love that she dyes her hair blue! :)
  • Susan
    2015-01-28
    Loved! Loved! Loved! Realistic in a way that middle grade readers will "see" their own struggles with friendship, feelings, and fitting in. Also really appreciated the thoughtful way adults were portrayed in this one. A win from beginning to end! You will definitely need multiple copies of this one!
  • Katie
    2015-07-07
    This was fantastic. I have always been fascinated with roller derby girls and learned much more about the sport with this novel. I want to hand this to every young girl who thinks they have to fit in a certain box. I loved this book!
  • Laurie
    2017-01-30
    A must read for every mid-school girl and her mother!