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DERBY GIRL by Shauna Cross

DERBY GIRL

By Shauna Cross

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8023-0
Publisher: Henry Holt

Sharp humor dominates this entertaining debut from Cross, who weaves her own experience with roller derby into the fun and traumas of a small-town girl experiencing major rebellion. Sixteen-year-old Bliss lives in a dorky Texas town and struggles against her beauty pageant–addicted mom. Cross taps into common adolescent fantasies as Bliss dreams of escaping to Austin. Finally able to get there, she attends a roller-derby game that has serious consequences: She falls in love with the derby and with a smoldering boy she sees across the room. She lies her way onto a derby team, sneaking off to skate and pursue her romance. One passion will work out and one won’t, as Cross keeps plenty of laughs and adolescent insights coming until the unfortunate deux ex machina conclusion. Exuberant and insightful, until Cross solves everything in the final pages. (Fiction. YA)