Twelve year old Astrid's mom has a way of exposing her to art and culture - dragging her to museums, poetry readings and operas. One night, however, she surprises everyone when she takes Astrid and her best friend Nicole to watch roller derby.
Astrid is hooked. Nicole, not so much. When Astrid finds out that there's a roller derby camp being held nearby during the summer, she's even more excited. Astrid assumes Nicole will want to go too, but it turns out she has other plans. Plans that involve ballet camp and boys, not roller skates, helmets and war cries.
Astrid goes on alone, meeting new friends and practicing her heart out for the biggest night of her life - a real roller derby match in front of 500 people.
What I loved about this story was that not only does it involve realistic characteristics of a twelve year old - Astrid can be selfish, pig headed and also makes rash decisions, but that you actually learn about roller derby at the same time. I had no idea so much went into the routines, the hits and even the falls. It's up there with professional wrestling in its showmanship and spectacle.
It's fun read that anyone will enjoy, highly recommend it. Anyone in Years 7 and up will love this book!