Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

I'm still new to graphic novels. I read Maggie Thrash's memoir last year and loved it. This year I've given the graphic genre another go, with Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson.
I love roller derby. It's great to watch and the people involved in the community are some of the best people. Roller girl is about 12 year old Astrid. It's summer before she starts junior high. Her friendship dynamic is changing and she doesn't know what this means. She also learns about the coolest sport on earth, roller derby!

The illustrations are superb. Victoria has done a brilliant job of drawing roller derby moves, and the techniques. She captures movement in her illustrations on a level I have not seen before. The story is well written and has layers of meaning. I learnt more about the sport and readers will learn about friendship and growing up. This book is perfect for kids about to commence high school, but it's great for big kids too!

I originally picked this up from my library, but I love it so much, I'll be buying a copy. I am hooked on the graphic genre and can't wait to bring you some more from this really cool genre.

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