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Roller Girl

Written by Victoria Jamieson

Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Humorous Recommended Children's eBooks Sporting Stories

LoveReading View on Roller Girl

In a nutshell: friendship, growing up and superheroes on skates!

Roller derby, a contact sport played by teams, isn’t very well known in the UK but boy, it looks great fun in Victoria Jamieson’s graphic novel. A rough-and-tumble sport, unusually it is mostly played by girls; Astrid is hooked first game she sees, and signs up to train at summer camp. Her best friend, who prefers ballet, can’t understand this new passion and the two grow apart. In her efforts to become a real roller girl like her hero Rainbow Bite, Astrid gets knocked down countless times, but she always gets up again. She makes a new friend, and over the course of this roller skating summer discovers lots about independence and working out who you are. This is as much about friendship as roller skating, and both are depicted brilliantly in Jamieson’s bright, action-packed cartoon strips. Terrific! ~ Andrea Reece


Roller Girl Synopsis

Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for a summer camp, she's sure Nicole will be right by her side - until Nicole signs up for ballet camp instead, with Astrid's biggest rival. So begins the hardest summer of Astrid's life, as she struggles to stay on her skates, to learn who she is without Nicole ...and to find out what it takes to be a strong, tough, awesome roller girl.

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Roller Girl Press Reviews

This spiky, winning graphic novel captures the bittersweetness of finding a new passion and saying goodbye to your former, more uncertain self New York Times

A wonderful story about friendship, self-belief and SERIOUSLY awesome girls! -- Robin Stevens, bestselling author of Murder Most Unladylike

A note-perfect middle-grade story of friendships lost and rebuilt, wrapped up in lively graphic novel form. Astrid is a peach of a hero, a likeable misfit desperate to be a great skater like her idol. Her discovery that it's not as easy as it looks will resonate with anyone who's ever dreamed of glory and fallen flat on their face her response to disappointment will lift the heart -- Susie Day, author of Pea's Book of Best Friends

Roller Girl's message of self-discovery, friendship, and perseverance will roll its way right into your heart -- Raina Telgemeier, bestselling author of Sisters Full of charm

Don't let this one roll past Kirkus Readers

will stand up and cheer Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9780141378992
Publication date: 29/06/2017
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141378992
Publication date: 29th June 2017
Author: Victoria Jamieson
Illustrator: Victoria Jamieson
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Humorous, Sporting Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Victoria Jamieson

Victoria Jamieson worked as a children's book designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has lived in Australia, Italy and Canada. She now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where she maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers Roller Derby League.  

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