Roller Girl


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As a mildly conservative parent I had quite a few issues with this book.  It started on page 54 when there are panels depicting "piercings", "dyed hair", and "makeup".  While I think those are a little mature for 12 year old girls, it was the fourth panel that bothered me:  "other assets" with a graphic of a low-cut blouse and cleavage. It was absolutely unnecessary.  To the mom's credit on page 144, Astrid is forbidden to say "the H word" (hate).  I had that rule for my kids when they were younger too.  But, I soon saw that while mom might have been on top of a particular word, there were so many other worse problems with Astrid's behavior the summer between fifth and sixth grades.

On pages 116 - 120 Astrid dyes her hair without mom's permission.  Then she tricks her mom with a fake piercing so that mom is relieved the piercing is fake and not too upset about the hair dye.  The only condition was that she has to dye it back for school.

On pages 174 - 183, after discovering that Astrid has been lying about the carpool, her mom was upset and sent Astrid to her room.  Astrid throws a little fit in her room and then her mom comes in and Astrid unloads all her feelings.  Mom was sympathetic and takes Astrid to apologize and her only punishment is that she has to go to work with mom for the rest of the summer.

On page 219 I was confused because Astrid says, "my first jam..." but she was a blocker since they picked Zoey to be jammer instead of Astrid.

Round 1 Questions

 
What book begins "in fifth grade ... when Nicole and I
were still best friends."?


"Roller Girl"
(p. 8) 
 
In what book does a "jammer" wear a star?


"Roller Girl" (p. 17) 
 
In what book does a character think dyeing her hair
will make her tougher and stronger?


"Roller Girl"
(p. 100) 
 
In what book is a character not allowed to say "the H word"?


"Roller Girl" (p. 144) 
 
In what book does a mom work
"as a librarian at the local university"?


"Roller Girl"
(p. 197) 
 
In what book did a character dress as Superman
last year for Halloween?


"Roller Girl"

(p. 206) 

Round 2 Questions

 
In "Roller Girl", what is the name of Portland's
 hometown roller derby team?


The Rose City Rollers
(p. 14) 
 
In "Roller Girl", what is worn on a jammer's helmet?


a star (p. 17) 
 
In "Roller Girl", who does the jammer have to pass
to score a point in the roller derby?


the blocker (p. 17) 
 
In "Roller Girl", what part of Rainbow Bite's costume
had rainbow stripes?


socks
(p. 18) 
 
What item does Astrid get in addition to a t-shirt
from the gift shop at the roller derby in "Roller Girl"?


a poster
(p. 22) 

What did Astrid touch in first grade, even though
Rachel said not to, in "Roller Girl"? 


a dead squirrel
(pgs. 28 - 29) 
 
What color was the helmet Astrid's mom got for her
in "Roller Girl" before she went to camp for the first time?


black
(p. 44) 
 
How many laps did the girls skate in the first drill
at camp in "Roller Girl"?


50
(p. 56) 

What color hair dye does Astrid choose in "Roller Girl"?
 

blue [thunder] (pgs. 102 - 103) 
 
In "Roller Girl", where did Astrid's mom work?


[the] [local university] library (p. 197) 

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