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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

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21. 'Roller Girl,' by Victoria Jamieson
The 12-year-old protagonist in this Newbery Honor award winning graphic novel decides, for the first time, to do something different from her best friend: roller derby. Astrid's summer is full of new challenges as she tries to keep up with the older girls at camp, salvage her friendship with Nicole, and embark on a meeting new kids.

By the end of summer she has her first roller derby bout and junior high is on the horizon. Astrid emerges with new strength to survive the bout, recover from a lost friendship, and start middle school. Girl Power sees her through.