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The true, most epic book about roller skating of all time!

When nineteen-year-old Michael gets a letter from his girlfriend asking him to meet her in Barcelona, he quits his daredevil job at the top of the German Alps and plots a two-month solo trek across the ritzy coast of southern France—on roller skates. But when a tour bus chases him through a dark, steep tunnel on his first day, he’s forced to rethink his delusions of invincibility and consider a more rational mode of crossing France. But the safe and rational way doesn’t produce a bestseller book about roller skating. 

Can his inner man triumph over the adventurous teen to safely deliver an engagement ring—along with a dark confession—to his girl before his summer odyssey rolls to a stop?

French Roll is a fantastic book about roller skating and growing up. Inspiring and highly entertaining.


Jarvis writes from his experiences as a professional jet pilot, yacht captain and global adventurer with thousands of true, remarkable and often hilarious stories of how he mucked things up. From roller-skating across France as a teen, to escaping pirates as a yacht captain in the Caribbean Sea, to flying Sir Richard Branson and Chuck Yeager from some of the world’s most remote airports, Jarvis has lived a life even the most imaginative writers can only begin to fictionalize.

Author J Michael Jarvis - Books about Roller Skating

J Michael Jarvis
Author | Pilot | Yacht Captain | Roller Skater
(Meanwhile in Avalon, California. Photo by Leo Waldenowsky)


Jarvis is an incredibly captivating storyteller. French Roll is a unique coming-of-age tale you just won’t want to put down. And the fact that it’s a true story makes it all the better!

– Savannah B.


I’m hooked – from the burly German breakfast meeting, to the climb through the frozen tunnels. And then we go rollerskating across France  – wow.

– Maddie M.


…Young or old, this coming of age story has an inspiring message about love, becoming a man, setting goals and following your dreams! 

– Curt B.