Barbee, Jennifer and Alex Cohen. Down and derby: the insider’s guide to roller derby. 2010. 261 p. Soft Skull Press, $15.95. (978-1-59376-274-2). Gr. 7 and up. (mmc)
Two veteran skaters take an inside look at this increasingly popular sport, from its early roots in the late 19th century, to its present-day place in popular culture. Learn the rules of a modern-day bout, how to tell if you’re a derby girl, and what to do next if the answer is “yes!” Explore the science of picking an alias, find out how to get involved if you don’t want to skate, and what to do next when it’s time to retire from the track.