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Roller Derby Rivals



by
Sue Macy
illustrated by
Matt Collins

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823429233

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, Picture Books
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1948: Television cameras followed two teams of skaters as they circled the track. Leading the pack, rivals Gerry Murray and Midge “Toughie” Brasuhn vied for position. Author’s note. Time line. Film clips and Web sites. Bibilography. Black-and-white photographs. Full-color illustrations created with Prismacolor pencils, Painter, and Adobe Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Dewey

796.2109747/1

AR

4.7: points 0.5

Lexile

970L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

3

JLG Release

Sep 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Roller derbies. Sports. Rivalries. Women roller skaters. Television. Media portrayals. Toughie Brasuhn (1923-1971). Gerry Murray. New York City.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The lesser-known sport of roller derby is introduced in this informational picture book. Macy highlights the importance of television in the development of the game, even mentioning in her author’s note that “While television coverage increased the popularity of Roller Derby, the Derby also helped establish television’s appeal as an entertainment medium.” The text begins by laying out the rules, and then focuses on a game that took place in December 1948, involving two well-known rivals: Gerry, the “glamour girl” crowd favorite, and Toughie, the opponent everyone loved to hate. At the end, however, readers learn that even though the two women appeared to be bitter rivals, it was all for show (“Every hero needs a villain./And every villain needs a worthy opponent.”). The author recreates the excitement of the game with some success. Boldly illustrated spreads capture the time period realistically and work well with the text to highlight the main action points. Macy’s enthusiasm for the topic comes through in the additional resources: a detailed author’s note, a time line, and sources and resources that include film clips, books, websites, source notes and photos of Gerry and Toughie. Interest is going to be limited on this topic, but this book could be an excellent resource for those studying the time period or exploring the history of television. Because the appeal of roller derby continued well through the 1960s, students may enjoy discussing this book with family members who remember watching the sport on television.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

The lesser-known sport of roller derby is introduced in this informational picture book. Macy highlights the importance of television in the development of the game, even mentioning in her author’s note that “While television coverage increased the popularity of Roller Derby, the Derby also helped establish television’s appeal as an entertainment medium.” The text begins by laying out the rules, and then focuses on a game that took place in December 1948, involving two well-known rivals: Gerry, the “glamour girl” crowd favorite, and Toughie, the opponent everyone loved to hate. At the end, however, readers learn that even though the two women appeared to be bitter rivals, it was all for show (“Every hero needs a villain./And every villain needs a worthy opponent.”). The author recreates the excitement of the game with some success. Boldly illustrated spreads capture the time period realistically and work well with the text to highlight the main action points. Macy’s enthusiasm for the topic comes through in the additional resources: a detailed author’s note, a time line, and sources and resources that include film clips, books, websites, source notes and photos of Gerry and Toughie. Interest is going to be limited on this topic, but this book could be an excellent resource for those studying the time period or exploring the history of television. Because the appeal of roller derby continued well through the 1960s, students may enjoy discussing this book with family members who remember watching the sport on television.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL

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