Mighty Millie Novak

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Pub Date Aug 20 2024 | Archive Date Aug 02 2024

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Description

Social anxiety, her parents’ divorce, and messy friendships won’t stop Millie’s pursuit of what she wants—in roller derby or in love. But her own lies might . . .

Sixteen-year-old Millie Novak is stuck in an “if only” rut. If only she were stronger and faster, maybe her roller derby teammates would take her seriously. If only she had the guts to go back to in-person learning, maybe she’d have a social life. If only she weren't such an awkward mess, maybe she could get the attention of that cute girl on the all-star derby team. And don’t get her started on her family!

After the one-two punch of her beloved older brother’s departure for college and her parents’ overdue split, Millie decides it’s time to reinvent herself. With the help of her new friend Pumpkin and a little bit of deceit, Millie crafts a plan to cement her status on the team and get her crush to fall for her. But reinvention isn’t easy. Millie’s constantly shown up by show-off teammate Stork, and the only way she can get her crush’s attention is through increasingly elaborate lies. Worse, she begins to suspect Pumpkin is not the supportive friend she’d imagined. Toughest to handle? Realizing the person she’s in love with might not be her longtime crush, after all.

Social anxiety, her parents’ divorce, and messy friendships won’t stop Millie’s pursuit of what she wants—in roller derby or in love. But her own lies might . . .

Sixteen-year-old Millie Novak is...


Advance Praise

“Charming, messy, and achingly relatable, Mighty Millie Novak nails that tender time of finding your footing and claiming your space in a daunting world. A fantastic reminder of the power of sports, teammates, and believing in yourself, this is a book I am definitely cheering for!” —Dahlia Adler, award-winning author of Cool for the Summer and Home Field Advantage

“Elizabeth Holden's Mighty Millie Novak brilliantly captures the essence of roller derby, where navigating the twists and turns of the track mirrors the challenges of growing up and finding one's path. This spirited tale of resilience, friendship, and finding your place in the pack will have you cheering for Millie and her crew every step of the way. A sweet and thrilling ride, Mighty Millie Novak is an unforgettable roller derby odyssey that weaves together action and friendship with ease.” —Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara, co-author of Junior High and Crush

Mighty Millie Novak is a roller-derby-filled sapphic coming of age novel about falling in love, coming into your own, and what it means to be part of a team. A delight of a read.” —Rachael Lippincott, New York Times Bestselling Author of She Gets the Girl

“Sincere and big-hearted, with a hero that truly lives up to her name. You’ll want to cheer for Mighty Millie both on and off the track as she navigates changing friendships and complicated family dynamics along the rough-and-tumble road to self-discovery. Holden shines an authentic and loving spotlight on the roller derby community. Grab a bookmark and helmet and strap yourself in for the ride!” —Kit Rosewater, author of The Derby Daredevils series

Mighty Millie Novak explores the parts of ourselves we often keep hidden from the outside world. The parts that are unsure, confused, deeply insecure and afraid. The parts that wonder if this is just another stage or will we always feel like this. Holden doesn't avoid tackling the sometimes uncomfortable truths and thoughts that come with being a teenager, but she also shows how wonderfully fun, surprising, messy and exciting it all can be. Especially on rollerskates! A charmingly cute, honest and raw debut!” —Jackie Khalileh, author of Something More

“A heartfelt story full of feelings, messiness, and roller derby! Mighty Millie Novak shows how life’s shake-ups can quickly put everything in perspective and help us see what makes us mighty. Millie’s derby family rolled their way into my heart!” —Jenna Miller, author of We Got the Beat

“You’ll fall hard for Mighty Millie Novak on her journey from rookie member of the Prairie States Juniors team, feeling like a loner fraud, to living up to her Mighty name, as she’s forced to find the courage to learn who she really is, what she wants, and how to stand up for her dreams, against the fast, fun backdrop of roller derby drama with a wonderful cast of colorful characters, and the sweetest sapphic love story! Mighty Millie Novak is a dazzling debut!” —Keely Parrack, author of 10 Hours to Go

“Charming, messy, and achingly relatable, Mighty Millie Novak nails that tender time of finding your footing and claiming your space in a daunting world. A fantastic reminder of the power of sports...


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ISBN 9781635831030
PRICE $14.99 (USD)
PAGES 304

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