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The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby—perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile!
For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

In this graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on March 10, 2015 by Dial Books
ISBN-10: 0525429670
ISBN-13: 9780525429678
93 Book Reviews
  • finessedshorty
    finessedshortyMonday, July 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm55 stars
    I would definitely recommend this book because I read this book over 5 time since I was in 3rd grade and I now I'm going to 5th. I would rate this book a 5 star out of 5 stars. I think you guys should buy and read this book to.
    • katniss122
      katniss122Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:14 am55 starsFeatured
      If you are looking for I slightly funny graphic novel dealing with the troubles of a middle school this is the book for you. Astrid is a 12 year old girl who has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. But one day her mom takes her along with Nicole to a Roller Derby meet. Astrid absolutly loves it while on the other hand Nicole just thinks it's a game where people just push each other around on skates. Astrid decides later she would like to be apart of the Roller Derby camp taking place this summer and would like Nicole to join as well but Nicloe had all ready had plans to be taking part in dance camp and wants nothing to do with Roller Derby. This puts a rift in their friendship as does Nicoles new friend Rachel who also is taking part in dance camp. Astrid accepts Nicole will not be joining her but is still hurt and sad especially when she arrives at camp not even able to keep herself up on skates and all the other girls seem to be older and pros at the subject. As the summer goes on Astrid learns the importance of friendship, family, and never giving up no matter what gets in your why. I higly suggest this book to anyone who loves graphic novels and is looking for a book about friendsip, Roller Derby, and the struggles of middle school.
      • spykitten
        spykittenFriday, August 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm
        I love your reviews, katness122!
        • bookstory14
          bookstory14Monday, July 30, 2018 at 2:55 pm55 stars
          That's an amazing review! Keep up the good work!
        • queenie_cupcake
          queenie_cupcakeFriday, June 22, 2018 at 6:14 am55 stars
          Even if you really don't like roller skating you have to read this book! It's about 3 girls named Astrid, Nicole, and Rachel. Rachel is very mean. Astrid signs up for roller derby. Nicole and Rachel do ballet camp. Then find out the trouble and adventure in Roller girl bt Victoria Jamieson.
          • love219
            love219Monday, June 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm55 stars
            i would recommend this book because it is about a girl who keeps trying every time she mess up.
            • zingisme213
              zingisme213Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 11:57 am55 stars
              Astrid, a girl who's whole life has been spent in the company of Nicole, watches a roller derby and becomes enhanced, and then signs up for derby camp, once in her life without Nicole. There she meets Zoey, a headstrong young girl with bright hair and an attitude just as bright. Astrid learns about the mini bout, and fiercely wants to be a jammer in it, even if it means using free time to train. Sadly, Zoey is picked instead. The day of the bout, Astrid figures out her derby name; Asteroid! She pulls through during the derby, even if she twists her ankle in the process. The twists and turns she experiences on the track and in real life are true, and she is an amazing person. Five out of five stars, really wonderful.
              • readingdiva
                readingdivaThursday, May 24, 2018 at 11:25 am55 stars
                i got this book at the school book fair,it was the thing that started me on the roller derby path. it is about a girl named Astrid and she goes to a roller derby game w/ her mom and her friend,she liked it so she signs up for a camp that teaches you how to play and she joins a team, but her friend doesnt, she doesen't tell her mom so she makes new friends and finally she plays in a game! READ IT! I LOVE IT! it is the reason that i joined a team.IT IS GRATE! READ IT!
                • kittykat1
                  kittykat1Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm55 stars
                  I love love loved Roller Girl Astrid and me have a lot in common. Astrid is very funny. Otherwise read the book if you can get your hands on it.
                  • grapefruit
                    grapefruitWednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3:10 am55 starsFeatured
                    Meet Astrid, a 12-year-old with roller derby dreams. A few weeks ago her former friend Nicole ditched her for ballet camp and a bossy girl called Rachel. All is lost, until she discovers roller derby camp, a place with hair dyers, tatooed girls, and lots of rough sport. Astrid is the odd girl out-- scrawny, small, and not so skillful. Then she meets Zoey, a loud, proud girl with bright pink bangs. She helps Astrid dye her hair, find a derby name, and star in her first bout. Astrid learns about friendship, life, and the challenges of growing up. This book was touching, unexpected and very good.5 stars!
                    • kawiiqueen1
                      kawiiqueen1Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm44 stars
                      This book is about a girl, who's dream is to roller skate. But when she can finally take roller camp, she realizes it's not that easy. Her best friend becomes friends with her enemy, so now she has to find her own friends.. and survive
                      • abbyskets
                        abbysketsFriday, February 9, 2018 at 9:07 am55 stars
                        i own this book and shes is such a tomboy but she is so nice