Roller Girl is a coming of age graphic novel set in the world of roller derby. Astrid is a 12-year old who discovers her passion for derby when her mom brings her to an event as part of her mission to enrich their lives through visits to a variety of cultural activities. Astrid mistakenly assumes her best friend will join her in her in her enthusiasm for the sport, and is floored to discover that she has been ditched, and will be attending derby camp alone that summer.
Astrid must figure out who she is without her best friend by her side as she learns the ropes of roller derby. Throughout the process she learns a lot about what it means to be a true friend, honesty, teamwork and how to fall without hurting yourself.
Roller Girl includes a great overview of the basics of roller derby, and made me want to give the sport a try…until I remembered how uncoordinated I am.Roller Girl would speak to pre-teens who might be dealing with the same types of experiences and relationships with friends, parents and growing up. I would also recommend this book for adults looking for a fun quick read.