Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars
by Jessica Abel
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Trish lives on Mars with her aunt and uncle, and although she’s only 7 (in Mars years – 15 in Earth ears), she sneaks into the tryouts for the Hoverderby. She’s actually doing great until prima donna “Hanna Barbarian” claims she fouled her. Then the truth comes out. But Trish is able to sign on as skategirl, who helps repair the teams’ skates and equipment (she’s also a whiz mechanic). The job is not as glamorous as she’d thought, plus her aunt is annoyed that she’s not pulling her weight on their moisture farm. Trish also makes an interesting discovery toward the end when she helps a thirsty Martian. An intriguing beginning! Lots of skating action (and drama), plus a clever and determined female protagonist with dark skin and kinky hair. Concludes with some encyclopedia entries about Hoverderby and the history of life/colonists on Mars. Eager to see where this goes next.
Reviewed by YA Librarian