Reading Zines: Graphic Novel Family Book Club for Tweens – Book of the month: March 2020
We hope you have enjoyed the great story for this month “Roller Girl” by Victoria Jamieson.
Twelve-year-old 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, and so begins the toughest summer of Astrid’s life. There are bumps and bruises as Astrid learns who she is without Nicole…and what it takes to be a strong, tough roller girl.
We share some of the questions that we want to discuss about it during the first part of the activity:
1. What do you think attracted Astrid to roller derby? Is there something unique to roller derby that other sports don’t have? If so, what?
2. How do you think Nicole felt when she was torn between her friendships with Astrid and Rachel? Should she have gone along with Astrid or done what she wanted even if it cost Nicole her friendship with Astrid? Why?
3. Through the story, Astrid continues to lie to her mother about going to roller camp with Nicole. When should she have told her mother the truth and why? Would her troubles have been easier if she had opened up to her mother sooner? Why or why not?
4. How does writing to Rainbow Bite increase Astrid’s confidence in herself?
5. According to Rachel, it is better to stop being friends than to pretend to still be friends. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?
6. Zoey is chosen to be a jammer and not Astrid. Why is it important to be happy for friends when something good happens to them? How else could Astrid have been a better friend?
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