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Roller Derby Rivals
by Sue Macy
Matt Collins, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823429233 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: THIRD | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Sports, 20th Century, Women's History, Friendship
Recommendations: C, K*, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RL. 3.1, 3-7, 9
RI. 3.1-4, 6-10
SL. 3.1, 1a-d, 2-6
L. 3.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4d, 5, 5a-c, 6
W. 3.2, 2a-d, 4, 7-8, 10

About the Book
A legendary high-speed, hard-hitting rivalry on the Roller Derby track is about to be witnessed by a packed arena at the 69th Regiment Armory—and for the first time, thousands of television viewers. Here is the story of two remarkable athletes at the dawn of televised sports.

New York City, 1948.

Midge "Toughie" Brasuhn is rough, scrappy, lightning-quick.

Gerry Murray is a gutsy glamour girl—and Toughie's chief adversary.

The skaters are fired up and ready to go as the cameras begin to roll!

In this fast-paced, meticulously researched picture book, Sue Macy's poetic text and Matt Collins's action-packed illustrations bring readers up close and personal with two incredible athletes.

The book includes an Author's Note, a Roller Derby Time Line from 1935 to the present, and Sources and Resources, including photos of Gerry Murray and Toughie Brasuhn.


Kirkus Reviews Best Information Picture Book of 2014


★ "Macy seamlessly packs in the details that allow youngsters to understand the cultural revolution they are witnessing. . . . Positively riveting."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Find evidence from the story to explain why this book is considered "historical fiction." RL.3-4.1, 3
2. How does author Sue Macy use craft and structure to enhance meaning and tone of the story? RL.3-4.1, 4, 5
3. How do the illustrations contribute to the meaning of the story? How does the illustrator use pictures to develop the characters, setting, and events? Use examples from the book. RL.3-4.1, 3, 7
4. How did Roller Derby influence television and how did television influence Roller Derby? RI.3-4.1 / W.3-4.2

About the Author
Sue Macy

Educators' Guide
Educator's Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.