Although I admit to not always being a fan of graphic novels, I really enjoyed Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (Lexile: GN 440; Interest Level: Grades 4-7). The GN with the Lexile means it is a Graphic Novel.
Astrid is best friends with Nicole. They do everything together and seem to like the same things. But when Astrid gets all excited about Roller Derby and wants to attend Derby Camp during the summer, Nicole feels uncomfortable. She would rather attend her Dance Camp which is at the same time. When Nicole starts hanging out with Rachel, another girl who likes Dance, but whom Astrid can't stand, the two start fighting. And Roller Derby is really hard for Astrid, especially because she hasn't learned to skate yet.
However, Astrid's strong interest leads her to try her hand at something new, and she finds herself growing in strength and confidence, as well as making new friends. With the help of her idol, her new friends, and finally, her mom, will Astrid learn to find her own way right before the start of junior high (middle school)?
This story will certainly appeal to readers who enjoy graphic novels, as well as those who are seeking out a highly adventurous new sport! Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, this is certainly a story not to be missed. (240 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.