- The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team: (The Derby Daredevils Book #1)
The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team: (The Derby Daredevils Book #1)
March 24, 2020
Ever since they can remember, fifth-graders Kenzie (aka Kenzilla) and Shelly (aka Bomb Shell) have dreamed of becoming roller derby superstars. When Austin’s city league introduces a brand-new junior league, the dynamic duo celebrates! But they’ll need to try out as a five-person team. Kenzie and Shelly have just one week to convince three other girls that roller derby is the coolest thing on wheels. But Kenzie starts to have second thoughts when Shelly starts acting like everyone’s best friend . . . Isn’t she supposed to be Kenzie’s best friend? And things get really awkward when Shelly recruits Kenzie’s neighbor (and secret crush!) for the team. With lots of humor and an authentic middle-grade voice, book one of this illustrated series follows Kenzie, Shelly, and the rest of the Derby Daredevils as they learn how to fall—and get back up again.
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This had a lot of good drama in it-- Kenzie worrying that Shelley, her best friends, is becoming friends with Tomoko and might drop her, the crush on Bree, and the stress of putting together a team in order to be able to skate in a league. Friendships are an important part of elementary school, and there is often a lot of drama, especially in fifth grade. It's good to see Kenzie working through her problems with different people in order to put together a group to accomplish her goals.
There are a lot of illustrations, although this is not a graphic novel.
The details about roller derby moves and competition are also interesting. This was a fun, quick read for students who want more details about how to skate for roller derby than are provided in Jamieson's Roller Girls.
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