Author: Victoria Jamieson
Genre: graphic novel
Pub Date: March 2015
Taken from Goodreads
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 all 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 become a strong, tough roller Girl.
I picked this book since it was a Newbery Honor winner and I’ve been hooked on graphic novels lately. I had no idea that it was written 100 miles from my home. Living in Oregon I am always excited to find a local author I enjoy.
This is a story about a 12 year old girl named Astrid who fell in love with Roller derby after her mother surprised her with an evening at a roller derby match. That night opened up a whole new world for Astrid.
After seeing it, she became obsessed with roller derby and joined a summer roller derby camp.
This was a transitional time for Astrid as her best friend chose dance camp instead of roller derby so Astrid started camp without knowing anyone. She struggled with skating and trying to fit in. But the story has a great ending, as Astrid learns a lot about who she is and what she can accomplish. Overall a great story for kids about sticking with it through the tough times.
The author of this graphic novel Victoria Jamieson is also known as Winnie the Pow, a skater for the Rose City Rollers in Portland Oregon.
Another graphic novel by Victoria Jamieson I plan to read is All’s Faire in Middle School.
Have you read either of these? What’s your favorite graphic novel? Let’s chat about it…
Happy Reading Friends!❤️
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