All's Faire in Middle School

All's Faire in Middle School

Graphic Novel - 2017
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Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Dial Books for Young Readers,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525429999
Branch Call Number: JUV GN All


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Jul 01, 2020

"It's not easy being a brave and honorable knight in the complicated world of middle school."

Victoria Jamieson has done it again. Her middle grade graphic about Imogene, formerly homeschooled and part of a "fairemily," and her quest into the halls of middle school is right on target. Now that I have rearview perspective on my own middle school years, I realize that everyone was unsure of themselves. It just comes out in different ways. How about you? Were you the princess, the dragon, or St. George? Which route will Imogene choose. Spoiler alert: being the princess is not what you think.
I loved the way Jamieson seamlessly wove in the Renaissance Fair and at the same time kept the book timeline on track with the event. Really well done and even better than I expected it to be.

JCLBeckyC Feb 07, 2020

Spoiler alert! Is it just me, or do the parents overreact to Imogene's so-called bullying incident at school? It's perfectly normal--and healthy--to vent our anger and frustration in a journal, whether through writing or drawing. This 11-year-old kid never intends for anyone to see it. If the parents had given Imogene a chance to tell her side of the story, they would see that SHE was the one getting harassed by the thief who stole her journal in the first place. The parents in this book act like middle-schoolers themselves, giving her the silent treatment. Other than that, this is a good story about a relatable kid who just wants to fit in, but man, the parent's behavior really irks me.

Charming story about a girl coming-of-age and proving she really can be a hero, even if how she made it isn't exactly what she set out to do. Kind of wish there was a sequel, because I feel invested in the trials and tribulations of this young squire!

I don't normally like graphic novels but this one was great entertainment!

Jun 10, 2019

Wow! What a Great Book!
Most people(my mom) think graphic novels are junky and have bad word choice. But this Graphic Novel is Stellar and has a wonderful lesson, Be yourself, never let anyone change you. Imogene learns how being popular and having the super cool Sammies and flashy jeans doesn't make you have friends. Just being you makes you have friends. In this case, Imogene works at the renaissance fare and is ashamed to tell her friends at middle school because she thinks they will not like her. Until she finds Athena who also likes the renaissance fare shows Imogene that being your true self is better than being someone you aren't can lead to improving yourself and having good friends. I came across this book from the SLAM list from my middle school and I totally think this is a great book.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 02, 2018

A graphic novel from the author/artist of Newbery Honor Book *Roller Girl*. Aimed at 5th-6th grade readers.

Imogene has grown up in a Renaissance Faire that her parents act in and manage. She has been home-schooled but she and her parents have decided that this fall it is time to go to a regular school for 6th grade. Now we all know that heading to middle school (or junior high, depending on the set-up) for the first time is traumatic enough. If you don’t have school experience at all and you don’t know anyone in the school, that is a tough hill to climb.

Imogene doesn’t want anyone to know that she works at the Faire and that her family isn’t wealthy. She doesn’t know how to play the game of fitting in and being memorable at the same time. That’s a tough one for any of us. She takes up with the wrong group of girls and ends up getting blamed for a lot of things, in trouble with the school and her parents, and even upsetting her young brother. While this plays out the way you expect it to (and HOPE it will), the specifics of her life at the Renaissance Faire give an old plot fresh life.

Oct 22, 2018

This was a good short read. Shows how all of us strive to fit in. Be yourself not what people say you should be.

JCLHebahA Sep 26, 2018

Jamieson's story of navigating middle school when you're the weird new kid isn't necessarily new territory, but its Renaissance Festival framework adds a fresh twist to the tale. Full of humor and heart and valuable lessons about being yourself.

Jul 30, 2018

Another amazing book from this amazing author!

LPL_LaurenT Nov 02, 2017

HUZZAH! A book about Ren Faire for middle grade readers! Jamieson’s illustrations are top notch, as always, with beautifully illuminated chapter headers. A lot of middle school girls will be able to put themselves right into Imogene’s boots as she faces the challenges of middle school. Plus I loved that Imogene was homeschooled which is not often featured in middle grade literature! A great read about friendship, navigating middle school and of course, becoming a knight in training.

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Sexual Content: The nurse asks Imy - Is it that time of the month dear as in getting her you know what.

Oct 06, 2017

Sexual Content: There's a small portion of the story dedicated to the girls reading a passage from an adult romance novel; Imp's mom finds the book in the Imp's bag and opens a conversation in case Imp is curious to learn about sex.


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