Troll or Derby by Red Tash
Review by Ian Seta
In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she's grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?
Roller Deb -
“Roller Deb is a fighter. Debra, you were born a protector. You were born of Protectors. You have the blood of warriors and chiefs in your veins.”
Roller Deb lives with her mother who despises her and her beauty queen sister in a trailer park. She is a regular target of town bullies, including the sleazy son of a local mobster. After her sister is kidnapped she sets out to find her and set her free, but with what seems like the whole town hunting for her things aren’t looking so good for her.
“Interrogating a pixie isn’t as fun as it sounds. I tried to keep it nice, but the little guys are vicious biters, and I may have squished one.”
Harlow is a troll. He lives at the local dump where he has everything he needs, but he has no memory of his past. Strange (for a troll) but he feels a deep compulsion to protect Roller Deb. Together they set out to rescue her sister, depose a ruthless mobster and just maybe save a unicorn.