Empowering Graphic Novel for Girls

Today I am reposting a review I did for an empowering graphic novel for girls.  This book won a well deserved Newbery Honor and helps make the case that graphic novels are a noteworthy form of literature for kids.  I love books that show that girls can be fierce and tenacious. This was the author’s debut graphic novel and she nailed it.

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Title: Roller Girlroller girl empowering graphic novel for girls

Author: Victoria Jamieson

Target: Grade 5-7

Series: No

What this book is about:
Twelve year old Astrid and her friend Nicole are trying to decide what to do over the summer before they start middle school. Nicole loves ballet, but Astrid is dreaming of becoming a roller derby champion. When Nicole choses ballet camp with Astrid’s arch enemy over roller derby camp, their friendship is seriously threatened. Perhaps it is time for these two friends to move on and follow their own passions.

Why I love this book:
I am always looking for strong graphic novels to recommend after kids have read Smile and Sisters. This book perfectly fits the bill. The graphics are clean and realistic, reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier. The story is an honest look at friendship, hurt feelings and following the path that is right for you.

I enjoyed Astrid. I liked that Roller Derby camp was hard and that she wanted to quit – welcome to the real world. I liked that she didn’t always get the positions she wanted, despite working hard and that she had to deal with jealousy when her friend got a spot she was coveting. This shows kids that even in stories, characters can have happy endings by adjusting their expectations instead of expecting everything to go their way. A lovely message that rings true.

Who this book is for:
Great book for kids who enjoyed Smile and Sisters.

Final thoughts:
I love that Astrid is a fierce strong girl to be reckoned with.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Roller Girl.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.