Academic journal article Language Arts

Roller Girl

Academic journal article Language Arts

Roller Girl

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Roller Girl Written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson Dial, 2015, 240 pp., ISBN 978-0-8037-4016-7

Jammers, Blockers, wild hairstyles, derby names, warfaces, bouts, and bruises-roll along with Astrid into the world of "Rrrr-roller Derby." On the cusp of junior high school, 12-year-old Astrid finds herself falling out of sync with her best friend Nicole; shopping malls, boys, and make-up are just not her thing. When the two girls attend their first Roller Derby, Astrid is hooked, while Nicole is simply bored. A gulf opens up between the girls as they head off to different summer camps-Nicole to ballet camp and Astrid to Derby camp. Astrid's first day is brutal; the sport is more challenging than she ever imagined, yet she perseveres. Her struggles on and off the rink are palpable in this visual exploration of the emotional turmoil of the preteen/teenage years. …

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