Roll

Roll When Lauren but call him Ren pretty please Hall sees birds falling from the sky he knows something is wrong But just as he s starting to worry he realizes that the birds are plummeting toward the g

  • Title: Roll
  • Author: DarcyMiller
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When Lauren but call him Ren, pretty please Hall sees birds falling from the sky, he knows something is wrong But just as he s starting to worry, he realizes that the birds are plummeting toward the ground on purpose.Turns out they re Birmingham Roller Pigeons, and his new neighbor Sutton is training them for a competition.Sure, it s strange, but Ren s best and only fWhen Lauren but call him Ren, pretty please Hall sees birds falling from the sky, he knows something is wrong But just as he s starting to worry, he realizes that the birds are plummeting toward the ground on purpose.Turns out they re Birmingham Roller Pigeons, and his new neighbor Sutton is training them for a competition.Sure, it s strange, but Ren s best and only friend Aiden has picked this summer to start hanging with the popular kids So Ren starts training pigeons with Sutton what s the worst that could happen A bird falls on his head

    One thought on “Roll”

    1. An utterly delightful novel about a boy's coming of age, friendships in flux, and embracing who he is. Highly rec.

    2. This was such a beautifully down-to-earth MG novel! I loved the characters and loved how important family and friendship is in the story.

    3. Roll is a charming and funny middle grade book. It's perfect for anyone who has felt like an outsider trying to find a place to fit in. Kids will relate to the challenges of navigating tween social groups and adults will love Ren's dorky humor sprinkled throughout. This is a great book for adults and tweens to read together.Ren is a whip-smart comic-book reader who has just moved away from his best friend, Aiden. Feeling pressured to try running by his Dad, he stumbles across Sutton, his nearest [...]

    4. I ADORED this book. Southern Minnesota, comic books, the uncertainty of friendship, growing up, and pigeons. Reading the descriptions of Ren stepping into the pigeon coop was like stepping into my childhood - growing up, my next-door neighbor raised pigeons and I loved spending warm summer afternoons in the musty shed. Miller does an excellent job of exploring how friendships change and evolve as kids get older. ROLL is funny, honest, and touching.

    5. Roller Pigeons. I didn't even know that was a thing, but now, like Ren, I am a little obsessed! This is a fun, humorous, absolutely fascinating book about friendship, growing up, and being true to yourself. (Ren's voice and fun facts are extra entertaining.) Truly a book for the whole family--but be warned, you will spend a lot of time on You Tube watching pigeons roll!

    6. This book is so charming! It's equal parts hilarious and heartfelt. Ren's voice is so perfect, and Sutton completely won my heart. A delightful read that I highly recommend!

    7. This is such a precious and realistic book. Miller nails trying, and stumbling along, to find your place in your family and your social circles. Well done!

    8. A boy named Lauren is trying so hard to like running. Instead, he keeps getting distracted by Birmingham Rollers -- daredevil stunt pigeons. Can you blame him?

    9. I loved the voice in this novel. I want to read a dozen more books by this author. The only reason this stayed a three-star book is because the novel never really hit any high points—just solid all the way through.

    10. Spectacular book - on the quiet side as Ren finds himself alone for the summer after moving away from town. That means running and hanging out with himself until he meets Sutton who trains pigeons. I absolutely loved this book and learned so much. Plus, Ren is a great character full of flaws as he struggles to find himself. His interesting scientific notes are awesome. Highly recommend - a great 0ld-fashioned book about summer, growing up and pigeons!

    11. Darcy Miller's debut MG novel "Roll" is a refreshing take on some universal trials of early adolescence: identity, fitting in and friendships. Ren, Miller's funny and very likable protagonist, meets Sutton, his new neighbor, one morning while he's supposed to be out training for the cross country team. Sutton has a unique interest: pigeon rolling. Ren and Sutton strike up a friendship and Ren begins helping her train her birds. What will his best friend Aiden, who's suddenly started hanging with [...]

    12. ROLL is a fantastic read: great dialogue, true middle grade voice, quirky and interesting details about pigeons and life. Ren (full name Lauren, but please don't call him that) Hall has just moved into a new house in the country. It's actually an old house--his grandparents--and it's still full of their things. However, it's only 8 miles from his old home so he'll still go to the same school and still see his best friend all the time. It's not like his best friend has grown three inches and is s [...]

    13. I loved this book and I've got a handful of friends with younger kids who are going to be getting a copy sometime in the near future. Not only is it wonderfully unique with it's focus on truly small town Minnesota and pigeon rolling, but it deals with change is such an honest and moving way. I wish I'd had - or found - a book like this when I was a kid. Honestly, there was a time in my 20s when I really could have used some insight. I didn't just hate change, I was completely unprepared for it. [...]

    14. Ren thinks he wants to follow in his father's footsteps, quite literally, by going out for the cross-country team, but he doesn't really enjoy running. It's certainly not as interesting as what his new neighbor, Sutton, does every morning as he jogs by: Sutton is training her Birmingham Roller Pigeons to compete in a championship fly. As Ren's new friendship with Sutton is beginning, his lifelong friendship with Aiden hits a rocky patch. Darcy Miller's charming debut offers a thoughtful, funny t [...]

    15. Oh, my! I just loved these characters so much I wanted to scoop them up and bring them home to live with me. In this pitch-perfect middle grade novel set over the course of the summer between fifth and sixth grade, good-natured, comic book-loving Ren meets a new friend- a girl named Sutton whose hobby is pigeon rolling- and starts to break away from an old one- Aiden, who's been his best friend since kindergarden. Miller perfectly captures the growing pains of that period when a kid is branching [...]

    16. The one thing I loved even more than learning about Birmingham Roller Pigeons (and I loved that A LOT) was Ren's voice. Lauren Hall, aka Ren, has the most perfect, most quirky, snarky-funny middle-grade voice ever. He's self-aware, and funny enough to melt through tension and let us see beyond the stress of certain excruciating middle-schoolish situations. How welcome this approach, and this perspective, will be to certain young readers! This book has a lot of heart, a quiet, funny sense of humo [...]

    17. When Ren Hall’s BFF, Aiden, starts hanging out with the popular kids over the summer, Ren is left at loose ends—until he meets Sutton Davies, the new girl in town. Sutton, with her flaming red hair and penchant for Violent Femmes T-shirts, is not your average 11-year-old, Ren soon discovers. She is a Birmingham Roller Pigeon fancier, and now that her dad is laid up in the hospital, she needs a new training partner for the upcoming National Birmingham Roller Club competition. But is Ren, a co [...]

    18. Fantasy is all the rage these days, so it's nice when a truly realistic book like this one comes along--a book that really could happen, about normal kids!Ren (boy) and Sutton (girl) have each recently moved to the country, next door to each other, and are trying to get through the summer. As is typical for middle school books (and students!), Ren realizes that his (former) best friend Aiden is now hanging out with a (cooler) guy, leading to some dilemmas and some hilarious scenes, including a w [...]

    19. Fantasy is all the rage these days, so it's nice when a truly realistic book like this one comes along--a book that really could happen, about normal kids!Ren (boy) and Sutton (girl) have each recently moved to the country, next door to each other, and are trying to get through the summer. As is typical for middle school books (and students!), Ren realizes that his (former) best friend Aiden is now hanging out with a (cooler) guy, leading to some dilemmas and some hilarious scenes, including a w [...]

    20. I liked this sweet book about a boy and a girl who meet when different circumstances bring them to a small town. Lauren is adjusting after moving into his grandparents' house, and Sutton is adjusting after moving from the big city and having her father get into a terrible accident. Their paths cross when Lauren (who is trying to train for cross country to please his father) comes across pigeons "rolling" from the sky and joins Sutton in the world of Birmingham roller pigeons - a phenomenon that [...]

    21. This was a great read aloud book for our family because:(1) My 9 year old was belly laughing out loud at Ren's humor (and we all need to hear more belly laughs).(2) My 9 year old didn't want to put the book down, and was willing to read aloud (which doesn't always happen).(3) There were interesting literary and thematic elements making this a good book for home learning.(4) It provided a great opportunity to talk about changing family and friend relationships, common for this phase of life.(5) I [...]

    22. This is a coming of age story set in a rural part of southern Minnesota. Ren lives with his parents in his grandparents former house where they just moved. It's close to their old house so he still sees his old friends and goes to his same school, but things are different. A girl moves into the house closest to them and she's really different-she's from Washington, DC, her hair is wildly colored and she's training pigeons. But it turns out they have more in common then Ren initially thought and [...]

    23. I really loved this book! It is a great realistic fiction book. I recommend it for people who love realistic fiction. The plot was well written in a way that told the story very well. This book was interesting because it showed change in a lot of characters. It also showed how some characters had more to them then I thought. I really grew attached to the characters. Definitely a great book for kids my age! (12) Totally recommend! I think anyone would love it.

    24. review in progress check back later "I can't help what it feels like to go for it like that. To just throw yourself backward through the air and roll."Lauren "Ren" Hall - moved 8 miles from town to live in grandma's houseSutton Davies - Birmingham Roller Pigeons; father in a car accident, recovering in the hospital; moved from Washington DCAiden - Ren's friend who is starting to hang with the popular crowd, like Kurt now that Ren has moved out to the country

    25. Man. That was good. I picked it up off the library shelves, hoping it would not be lame and it was the exact opposite of lame. The characters feel so real (although a little older then their assigned ages), and it's message is just as relevant for an adult as it is for a middle-schooler. I recommend it all the way!

    26. Very enjoyable young adult book. The author captures the confusion of age 11 (and all middle school). Ren finds his longtime friendship with Aiden changing. He tries to please his dad by pretending to love cross country running. He finds a new friend, who happens to be a girl. All very confusing and frustrating for him.

    27. Guess I learned something about a type of pigeon and the sport where they 'roll.' Otherwise geeky science kid moves to country angst about no friends and friends for next school year meets neighbor girl with pigeons side note that the main character was a boy named Lauren and he hated his name hey! I know a Loren who doesn't like that name either

    28. A delightful, heartfelt book about friendship, comics, honesty, and pigeons. Yes, you heard me right. ;) I don't normally like books that reference our present day that much, but the characters were so endearing and believable, that I couldn't put this story down.

    29. I enjoyed this book. Spoiler Warning: I especially liked the fact that the "old best friend" didn't become a "bad guy" but rather life seasons had changed for both characters. So often the jocks become the bad guys being insensitive and rude.

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