Mr B's review
This has been the surprise hit of the year with all three of my girls. It tells the story of a vaguely misfit girl who rejects ballet and other distractions in favour of an obsessive love of Roller Derby, a full contact ruff-and-tumble all-female all-inclusive sport. This has just the right amount of coming of age, understanding of self and true friendship all topped off with humour and great heart.
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.
A wonderful story about friendship, self-belief and SERIOUSLY awesome girls! — Robin Stevens, bestselling author of Murder Most Unladylike 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 refreshing, witty story of trying, failing, reinvention, ambition, team spirit and how to be a decent friend * Guardian * Vivid and funny . . . The graphic format makes it fizz . . . And the contact sport of roller derby makes for a fascinating setting. Expressive, fearsomely physical and dominated by women, the author brilliantly conveys its appeal * Observer * 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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