Monday, March 28, 2016

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is the second graphic novel I've read recently. Graphic novels are a great way to entice students into reading - they are comic books all grown up. While they are not my favorite way to read a story, my students and Matthew always love them. Published in 2015, Roller Girl won a Newbery Honor.

Blurb from Goodreads: 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 Astrid learns who she is without Nicole...and what it takes to be a strong, tough roller girl.

Jamieson tackles issues that twelve-year-old girls will be able to relate to: friendship, enemies, boys, growth, how to be a friend, determination, wanting to give up, getting into trouble, figuring out who you are, etc.

This is an interesting story with great illustrations.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

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