Macy, Sue Roller Derby Rivals 32 pgs, Holiday House, 2014. $16.95 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
This book is a window in the heyday of Roller Derby in the late
1940s, particularly the rivalry between female derby girls “Toughie” and Gerry.
Is one really a villain and one a heroine? Readers learn a bit about the sport,
its tie to the new medium of Television, and the strong female players.
Includes a ton of facts in the back of the book.
Roller Derby is very much popular again, but this book is kind
of obscure topic for a school library. I also think that the sport can be
confusing if you are not familiar with it, and this book doesn’t make it any
clearer. The artwork is stellar and does a fantastic job of showing action. This
is a fun book for an enthusiast, fan, or player but not really something I
would add to my school library.
EL –NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.