Roller Derby Rivals - Sue Macy, Matt Collins

It’s 1948, and on the track Midge “Toughie” Brasuhn and Gerry Murray are Roller Derby Rivals (Holiday House, $16.95). Off the track, it’s a different story. The two women are good friends who play up their roles as competitors to feed the crowds’ frenzy. Sue Macy imagines what a bout between these two players and their respective teams might have been like in this exciting picture book. Matt Collins’s detailed and vivid illustrations make readers practically hear the roar of the crowd—nearly 5,000 strong. This book gives an illuminating peek into an era of sports history that is often forgotten, and includes detailed resources for the curious reader who wants to do some further digging.  Ages 5-8. ENR