Astrid has been a good sport about putting up with her mom's evenings of cultural enlightenment. She survived the art gallery and the poetry readings, among other things. And let's face it, everything is easier with your best friend beside you . . . until one day, she signs up for dance camp and you start hearing about how great her new friends are. This is a story about trying new things, growing up, and navigating friendships.
I am not a particular fan of either roller derby or graphic novels, but I quite enjoyed this book. Upper elementary students everywhere can't get enough of Smile by Raina Telgemeier, and yet this book is superior in its ability to connect the tension and feelings involved with shifting friendships and divergent interests to the action that advances the plot. This book has a wide range of appeal; tons to relate to about friendships and re-inventing yourself, even if you know nothing about roller derby.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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