Here at the Hub, we often blog about trends in YA that we notice whether we are happy to see them or not. Today, I want to write about something that I hope becomes a trend in YA literature: roller derby.
After Shauna Cross’s 2007 novel Derby Girl (2008 Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers) was turned into a film starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore, I hoped this sport would begin to make regular appearances in YA literature. Unfortunately, the years passed and few titles were released featuring it. This year, though, roller derby is being given another chance through the Roller Girl series by Megan Sparks. The first four books have already been released in the UK and the first two books, Falling Hard and Hell’s Belles, will both be available in the States on October 13. With four books in this series being published within a year, roller derby may have a chance to finally become a YA trend.