Roller Girl
For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.

Twelve-year-old Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new friend instead, and so begins the toughest summer of Astrid's life. There are bumps and bruises as Astrid learns who she is without Nicole...and what it takes to be a strong, tough roller girl.

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Roller Girl Reviews

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    Sep 11, 2016

    Stacey (prettybooks)

    Oh, I loved Roller Girl. I came across it during a shopping trip at Gosh! Comics with my friendDaphneand one glance at the cover me it was the graphic novel for me! Roller Girl is the heartwarming tale of friendship and roller derby over one summer, beautifully written and illustrated ...

  • Xueting
    Jul 10, 2016


    Another awesome read and new favourite! I love how the author lets Astrid make mistakes and let time take its course for her to learn from them and make amends :) the friendships here are so special I wish I had all these girls as friends!! Except Rachel, maybe... Zoey is awesome! And ...

  • Kristen
    May 16, 2016


    This was a really cute story. I don't read many graphic novels, but I like that this one tackled so many things that middle grade readers will connect with: growing apart from friends, allowing others to shine, being honest with yourself and so on. Astrid is a great charact...

  • Susan
    Mar 17, 2016


    Loved! Loved! Loved! Realistic in a way that middle grade readers will "see" their own struggles with friendship, feelings, and fitting in. Also really appreciated the thoughtful way adults were portrayed in this one. A win from beginning to end! You will definitely need multiple copie...

  • Courtney
    Mar 16, 2016


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  • Barb Middleton
    Mar 12, 2016

    Barb Middleton

    Good fiction allows readers to acquire knowledge and understanding about themselves through experiencing with characters different emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. When readers gain self-identification from reading, the fiction becomes a tool for socialization and education. Childhood...

  • Misty
    Mar 8, 2016


    This was cute, had great humor throughout, and the art was very clean, crisp and colorful (yay, alliteration!). Also, roller derby. What more could you want? =D ...

  • Laura
    Feb 17, 2016


    This is so cool. This graphic novel reminds me of the best of the middle-school graphic novels, such as Smile, which are very much about making friends, and keeping friends, and growing up and apart.Astrid, the main character, goes with her best friend, Nicole, to see a Roller Derby sh...

  • Luann
    Jan 12, 2016


    I like to read some of the graphic novels that I purchase for my middle school library, but Roller Girl felt like one I didn't need to read. I know next to nothing about roller derby, and I figured that this would get checked out by fans of Smile whether or not I read it. But thanks to...

  • Jubilation Lee
    Dec 31, 2015

    Jubilation Lee

    Well, despite having an actual, physical stack of 47 read books I wanted to review before the end of the year, I’m going to stop stressing about it and just toss this one up and call it good. Who cares that it looks like I didn't make my Goodreads reading goal? I know that I made ...