Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review: Roller Girl (Jamieson)

2016 Graphic Novel Challenge, book #13, and it's the best one so far! This cute graphic novel is a must for any library serving tweens. It's beautiful, clean, and has many positive messages for tween girls. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

AUTHOR: Victoria Jamieson
SERIES: none
PUBLICATION DATE: March 10, 2015
ISBN: 9780803740167
PAGES: 240
SOURCE: my library
GENRE: realistic, graphic novel
SETTING: Portland, Oregon; modern day
GIVE IT TO: upper-ES and MS
SUMMARY: Twelve-year old Astrid expected her best friend Nicole to attend Roller Camp with her this summer, but Nicole chooses to attend dance camp with another friend instead.

REVIEW: Roller Girl is book #13 on my 2016 Graphic Novel Challenge, and it is my favorite one yet. I adored this book, and I already know it's going to be a massive hit at my school. I loved the illustrations, the facial expressions, the lessons learned, and of course, the roller skating!

I love how real the story is. Astrid deals with friend drama and misunderstandings and the fact that best friends can still have other friends. Astrid deals with difficulties with her mother, and many girls will identify with that struggle as well. Author/illustrator Victoria Jamieson certainly knows her audience.

Every library that serves tweens needs Roller Girl, probably multiple copies.

THEMES: friendship ups and downs, mean girls, tackling difficulties head-on, communication, mothers and daughters, lying, being a good friend, the importance of apologies

THE BOTTOM LINE: A must-read. Adults will also like this one--I sure enjoyed it!

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have two copies.

  • Overall: 5/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Engrossing: 5/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Appeal to teens: 5/5 (tweens)
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

  • Language: none
  • Sexuality: very mild; girls talk about kissing a boy (the boy seems pretty clueless about it)
  • Violence: none
  • Drugs/Alcohol: people make jokes that Astrid is on drugs since she is behaving differently

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