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Publisher's Summary

The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times best seller Roller Girl is a heartwarming tale about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby - perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile!

For most of her 12 years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend, Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school...in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

In this graphic novel debut - now adapted for audio - that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverance, and girl power!

Performed by Almarie Guerra, with Jesse Bernstein, Ron Butler, Abigail Caro, Robbie Daymond, Giordan Diaz, Em Eldridge, Christopher Gebauer, Kim Mai Guest, Kirby Heyborne, Hillary Huber, Rachel Jacobs, Jorjeana Marie, Kathleen McInerney, Alex McKenna, Cassandra Morris, P. J. Ochlan, Adenrele Ojo, Georgette Perna, Kate Reinders, Tara Sands, Monika Felice Smith, and Bahni Turpin

©2016 Victoria Jamieson (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Newbery Honor book 2016-2017

Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner

A New York Times Best Seller

A Spring 2015 Indie Next Pick

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015

A New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing of 2015

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2015

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015

A Top 10 Latin@ Book of 2015

A Parents Magazine Best Children's Book of 2015

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2015

A Texas Bluebonnet Award 2016-2017 nominee

A 2016 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers selection

A 2016 YALSA Popular Paperback selection

An ALA Notable Children's Book of 2016

A 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner for Best Graphic Novel

“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 Book Review)

"Jamieson captures this snapshot of preteen angst with a keenly decisive eye, brilliantly juxtaposing the nuances of roller derby with the twists and turns of adolescent girls' friendships...Full of charm and moxie - don't let this one roll past." (Kirkus, starred review)

"Readers will stand up and cheer." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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I loved this book because I can relate to it because I’m a teen as well and I had my own Nicole

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Roller Girl Rocks 💯

Roller Girl gives children something to look forward to. It connects with all teens. Very inspirational!

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THIS IS GREAT!!!!

I love the different voices for each character and I love how enthusiastic the read sounds. Also I love the book/story in general!!! It is great!

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We were so in to it that we sat amf listened in one sitting. The music and effects really made the story pop.

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BEST performance

I loved the narrations and sound effects. Like rain sounds and crashes. Great work everyone! Even though the story has some rude comments, it has described the life of a roller girl with puberty perfectly. ^^

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Great Derby Story

Awesome story about friendships. Excellent description about derby arches and pains. struggles, and derby sisterhood.

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From a 10 yr old who enjoyed this book it’s awesome

I like the part where she said in the message sincerely rose DUD. It’s awesome

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I really appreciated that there was a cast and should effects. That kept me engaged in the story.

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Blue hair and roller skates!

My daughter and I had already enjoyed the paperback version and were excited to see Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl brought into audio format. This is a great tool to use when discussing how friendships change as kids grow...none too sappy and I mean, ROLLER DERBY!!!

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I loved it. It was a pleasure to listen to. Fantastic narration. A great story.