Hooray for having read one of this year’s Newberys! Yeah, okay, it was the graphic novel, and those go rather quickly, but still. Still! And I ended up REALLY liking Roller Girl. I know, I know, graphic novels aren’t my thing, but Victoria Jamieson does an amazing job of conveying complex emotions through facial expressions, and she paints a beautifully accurate picture of how friendship dynamics change as we grow up. I also learned quite a bit about roller derby, and while Astrid’s drawn-out lying to her mom bothered the parent in me, I felt like the issue was ultimately resolved in a satisfying way.
Bottom line? You really shouldn’t miss this one!
(Oh, and by the way, I keep meaning to post the link to the ALA’s 2016 award winners. I’m just not on the ball when I’m not sleeping through the night! http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2016/01/american-library-association-announces-2016-youth-media-award-winners will take you to the full list.)