Blood City Rollers (2024)

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Synopsis

Ice-skater Mina is on a one-track path to Olympic gold and glory—that is, until she totally wipes out at her biggest competition, and is kinda-sorta-kidnapped by undead kids on roller skates. Sucked into the high stakes world of Paranormal Roller Derby, she finds herself “recruited” by a squad of vampires who need a human player to complete their team—just in time to save the league from losing it all.

Between learning to play derby well enough to kick butt on the track, crushing hard on the dreamy team captain, and navigating the spooky rules of the supernatural, how can Mina go from striving to be a ten alone, to becoming one of nine chaotic bodies forming a perfectly-imperfect team? Forget being the best. Will she be enough to help her new friends survive the season?

From: Penguin Random House

Notes on This Title

The main character of this title is a teen girl who has a crush on another girl. The supporting cast includes characters who use she/they and they/them pronouns.

Awards

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Reviews

Starred Review: “In this high-octane double graphic novel debut, Anderson expertly captures the supernatural complications of tossing a human into a creature feature rivalry and the struggles of finding one’s place in the world. Hill’s lively illustrations, rendered in bright, eerie neon, winningly encapsulate the frenetic pace of derby, striking a refreshing balance between spectral sports romp and queer found family narrative.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)

“For younger readers who may worry about how their queerness separates them from their current group of friends or their blood family, Blood City Rollers provides space to consider the importance of found family” (Source: The Beat)

Interviews

Multiversity Comics: “Jamming, Blocking, and Paranormal Yeeting: An Interview With “Blood City Rollers’s” V.P. Anderson and Tatiana Hill

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