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The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team: (The Derby Daredevils Book #1) Paperback – May 11, 2021
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"This a great pick about fierce young ladies coming together through sports. The book has loads of action and plenty of heart, running with themes of friendship, being a good communicator, dealing with jealousy, and even a little sprinkle of how it feels to have a crush on someone you think is just the coolest person ever. Memorable characters and frequent illustrations bring the story to life and will make anyone want to get their derby on."
"In her wonderful debut, Rosewater gives readers a look into the world of roller derby and what it entails, while depicting a relatable story of shifting young friendships... A great addition to juvenile sports fiction for school and public libraries. Perfect for fans of Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl, and readers seeking stories about sports-loving girls supporting each other."
About the Author
- Grade Level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419751840
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419751844
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Amulet Paperbacks (May 11, 2021)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,038,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of my favorite things about the book is how perfectly it hits the lower middle grade sweet spot—ideal for kids who are ready for something a little bit meatier than chapter books, but not quite up for a longer middle grade novel. I also loved how diverse the cast of the book is, and how matter-of-factly each character's identity is handled—from Kenzie's dad, who is trans, to her derby team, which includes a Black skater and an Asian skater, to Kenzie's own subtle recognition that she's developing a crush on another girl. All of Kit Rosewater's characters feel vibrant and real, a joyful celebration of what community can be.
This was such a fun and heartwarming book. I feel like I say that a lot with books but Kenzie’s story takes them to a new level
Kenzie and her friend Shelly want to try out for their town’s junior roller derby team but want to make sure they end up on the same team. To do this, the girls have to come up with a 5 member team of skaters in a week. I’ve always wanted to try and skate and this book has me on Amazon looking for a pair. As someone who’s never watched a derby before, the descriptions were so well done I knew who was where and why in the matter of sentences. Watching these fifth grade girls come together as new friends to battle the other teenagers trying out was so motivational. I want to be their best friend now.
When I tell you my heart was actually melting, I’m not lying! The diversity in this book is so natural and normal *like it should be*. Kenzie’s father is transgender and there was one little scene with the two of them that had me feeling so sad but yet happy that kids can read this and either relate or learn from it. Kenzie is also discovering who she is and it’s so sweet how supportive her friend is. And look at this cover, the main characters are racially diverse but they also have personalities. We need more middle grade books like this.
Read this book! It’s a super quick read with adorable illustrations and it’s the start of a series. I can’t wait to read the next book!