Book Birthday Bash: The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team

Book Birthday Bash


The Derby Daredevils Book 1 written by Kit Rosewater and illustrated by Sophie EscabasseHappy Book Birthday to THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAM!

Introducing THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAM, the first in a highly illustrated middle grade series that celebrates new friendships, first crushes, and getting out of your comfort zone! Kenzie and Shelly have been best friends for as long as they can remember. They hang out at the park, practice their super-secret handshake, and (most important) count down the days to their roller derby debut. It looks like their dream is coming true when Austin’s city league announces a junior league. But there’s a catch. To try out together, the Dynamic Duo will have to form a team of five players… in just one week! As they start convincing other girls that roller derby is the coolest thing on wheels, Kenzie has second thoughts. Why is Shelly acting like everyone’s best friend? Isn’t she supposed to be Kenzie’s best friend? And things get really awkward when Shelly recruits Kenzie’s neighbor (and secret crush!) for the team. With lots of humor and an authentic middle grade voice, Book 1 of the series follows Kenzie, Shelly, and the rest of the Derby Daredevils as they learn how to fall–and get back up again.

We’re so happy you’re at our party for THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAM. Join in the fun…


THE DERBY DAREDEVILS Book Birthday Bash is being held in the Austin roller derby warehouse, home to both the adult and (newly-minted) junior roller derby leagues! People are partying in the stands, at the snack bar, and over on the track!


The soundtrack for the DAREDEVILS party is kick-butt girl rock bands like Heart and whatever music makes you want to swish your hips and knock someone over!


The main course at the DAREDEVILS party is a spread of gourmet popcorn, the inspiration behind Kenzie and Shelly’s favorite flavor: Sour Birthday! To make Sour Birthday popcorn, you combine a handful of vinegar-flavored popcorn with a handful of birthday cake-flavored popcorn and stick it in your mouth all at once! It’s a little sweet, a little sour… and definitely not for the faint of heart!

Daredevils SWAG

Daredevils SWAG


Party guests are lacing up their roller skates, strapping on knee and elbow pads, and clipping on helmets! We’re watching some of the adult Austin roller derby skaters go head-to-head in a derby bout, then joining them along the rink after to dance to some funky jams and try out derby moves of our own!


Party favors include DAREDEVILS postcards, a custom DAREDEVILS roller derby term glossary, DAREDEVILS bookmarks, vinyl die cut DAREDEVILS team logo stickers, and signed bookplates featuring a DAREDEVILS skater! In addition, one lucky party guest will receive a free copy of THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAM along with all of this swag in the mail! Check out the details on how to win the DAREDEVILS giveaway below!

Kit Rosewater

Kit Rosewater

THE DERBY DAREDEVILS: KENZIE KICKSTARTS A TEAM is written by Kit Rosewater and illustrated by Sophie Escabasse, and published by Abrams Books. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

Kit Rosewater writes books for children. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her spouse and a border collie who takes up most of the bed. Before she was an author, Kit taught middle school theatre and high school English, then worked as a children’s bookseller. She has a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. Books 1 & 2 of her debut middle grade series THE DERBY DAREDEVILS roll out in Spring and Fall 2020 through Abrams. Catch her online at, Twitter @kitrosewater or Instagram @kitrosewater.

Sophie Escabasse is a graphic novel artist and illustrator and the mom of three amazing raccoons. Find her on Instagram.

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