Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (2015)  – Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Astrid is twelve.  She has had a best friend – the same one – since she was about six years old.  Their mothers take turns doing all sorts of things with them.  Nicole is into ballet, but Astrid is not. One night, Astrid’s mom takes them to watch roller derby, and Astrid falls in love with it.  Nicole still prefers dancing, but Astrid assumes that Nicole will sign up for roller derby camp with her.  She does not as she prefers dance camp instead.  They both make new friends with other girls at their respective camps, but it is difficult because they’ve always been there for each other.

This was a quick read for me, and it was immediately engaging.  There is quite a bit about roller derby, but it is really more about friendship, relationships with  family, and how having lots of support in all you strive to do well is important in life.  I really enjoyed it, and I think my 10-year-old self would have really appreciated it as well!

Five of five stars.
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El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo by Cece Bell (2014)

This graphic memoir is beautifully written and illustrated, and is really great for readers of all ages.  (I read this book just after Christmas and before New Year’s after being on hold for it at my local public library.)  Cece is growing up in the 1970s and 80s and has a hearing impairment after an illness as a preschooler.  She also believes that she is a super hero.  This is really a powerful story about navigating the world of school and friends with a hearing impairment.