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Title:  Roller Girl

Author: Victoria Jamieson

Illustrator: Victoria Jamieson and Jason Henry

Jamieson, V. (2015). Roller girl. Philadelphia, PA, United States: Dial Books for Young Readers, US.

ISBN: 978-0803740167

Newbery Award -- 2016

Audience: Grades 3-8

Reading Level: Ages 7-13

Genre:  Realistic Fiction / Graphic Novel

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Astrid thought she had everything figured out. She had one best friend, Nicole, and one definite enemy, Rachel. But then she discovers a new hobby that not only changes her entire summer, but her overall life. Will things ever be the same for Astrid again? Will she and Nicole make it as friends or will Astrid's new hobby change her for good?

Likes: In this book, I liked how the story line was something that students can relate to everyday. Things don't always go as planned and friendships change over time. It shows another perspective of handling life when changes occur. The action involved in the story made you root for the main character and hope that things would work out for her in the end. I also liked how I was able to follow the Roller Derby sport even though I had no prior knowledge of the game. It was not confusing due to the explanations in the story. 

Dislikes: I really had a difficult time finding something I did not like in this story. The main factor would be that it is geared towards a female audience only. Having said that, it would be a great book for both genders if given a chance. 

Curriculum Connection:

4.RL.1:  Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. 

4.RL.2:  Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. 

4.RL.3:  Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

4.RF.4:  Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

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