Trish Trash #2: Rollergirl of Mars

Trish Trash #2: Rollergirl of Mars
Written by Jessica Abel
Illustrated by Jessica Abel
Publisher: Super Genius
Format: Hardcover, 8 x 11, 64 pages, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1629916149


Set on Mars 200 years in the future, Trish Npindju seeks to help her family avoid a TLA (Temporary Labor Assignment) by relying on her fire-y reputation in the hoverderby world.  The only problem is that her contract forbids her from playing with the team. But Trish is pretty determined and the coach still has her playing scrimmage games.  What’s going on?

After finding a mysterious martian outside her family’s struggling farmhouse Trish decides to let it stay and heal.  Little does Trish know that this martian can and will use its skin to make her and her friends improvement-powering hoverderby skates.  But that’s not all.  A TLA is a dangerous familial risk and Trish will do anything to avoid her family being in financial jeopardy – including continually hiding her new helpful yet mysterious martian friend Qiqi.    

As of now, though, Trish is an unpaid intern on the Terror Novas hoverderby team.  Unable to play due to her young age and with a secret trick up her sleeve to improve her and her teammates performances readers must think alongside Trish about what she must do, should do, and might do.   

Language Arts Elements of Story

Plot: Trish is too young to play hoverderby and her contract says so too, but that may not stop her after she discovers a curiously helpful martian who needs her help named Qiqi.  Can the two help each other out of difficult circumstances?  Or is there another play at hand?

Major Characters: Trish, Marq, QiQi, Rocky, Devin, Rocky and Devin’s mom, Tío and Tía, Terror Novas Rollerderby Team

Major Settings: Mars 200 years in the future.

Themes: Dystopian Future, Sci-Fi, Social Justice and Economics, Family, Friendship, Sport Addiction

Lesson Plan Recommendations Using the Common Core Standards for Young Adult Readers

Common Core Standard(s) - Key Ideas and Details

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

Lesson Idea for Middle School and/or High School Readers

Directions: Themes and characters create an integral relationship in Trish Trash.  In order to comprehend the story readers must consistently link the themes with the characters.  The following graphic organizer will help readers while they read; readers can log how the characters and the themes interact throughout the story.  As students fill it out, educators should also feel free to discuss this graphic organizer both during reading and after reading Trish Trash.

Students need to identify 3 themes in the graphic organizer below.  As they read, educators can ask students to make notes on the arrow about how the character(s) (and even the setting(s) and / or plot point(s)) align with each theme(s).




Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida. Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2014); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts (2015). When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her three wiener dogs, Samantha, Max, and Alex Morgan Monnin.