For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile and Ghosts, here's a heartwarming graphic novel about the ups and downs of friendship, surviving the transition to middle school and the fast-paced sport of roller derby. Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, she assumes Nicole will too. But Nicole signs up for dance camp with a new friend instead. The new friend has a history of meanness with the girls, so Astrid can't believe her friend would want to hang out with her. Soo begins the toughest, most confusing summer of Astrid's life. There are bumps and bruises, hip checks and break outs as twelve-year-old Astrid learns who she is without Nicole...and what it takes to be a strong, tough roller girl.
Published by Dial Books, 2015, 240 pp.
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