Thursday, March 19, 2015
Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson
Unfortunately for Astrid, Nicole doesn't feel the same way. She'd rather go to dance camp than spend her summer skating. Astrid can't understand this, especially since prissy Rachel is going to be at dance camp too. The same Rachel who embarrassed Astrid back in first grade and had been giving her grief ever since.
Astrid goes through with Derby camp even without Nicole. She doesn't let her mom know that Nicole isn't going, even though it's Nicole's mom who is supposed to drive her home from camp! The first day is a disaster. Not only do all of the other girls look older and different, complete with dyed hair and piercings, but they all seem to know how to skate a whole lot better than Astrid does! Then there is the pain. Lots and lots of it. Add onto this the fact that Astrid has to walk all the way home in the blazing sun, and it turns out the Jr. Derby camp isn't going exactly as amazingly as she had imagined it.
Astrid's summer is filled with the ups and down as they can only be felt in the tween years. Keeping secrets, finding new friends, getting caught in a lie, and growing pains are all a part of Astrid's days at camp. Throw in some rainbow socks and Hugh Jackman voodoo dolls and the result is a graphic novel that hits the sweet spot for the 9-12 year old set. Filled with colorful and welcoming art, Roller Girl is certain to sit on the shelf for the same number of minutes as books by Telgemeier and Bell. Do yourself a favor and get multiple copies.