All's Faire in Middle School

All's Faire in Middle School

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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 : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525429999
0525429999
9780525429982
0525429980
Branch Call Number: [GN] FIC/JAMIESON
Characteristics: 247 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm

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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.

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GreenNinjaGo
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.

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leileileeculham
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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the_bookwyrm
Oct 25, 2017

I was introduced to our annual Renaissance Fair when I was about 11 through my sister's friend, whose parents were (and continue to be) cast members. The appeal of events like these--fairs, conventions, etc-- is the opportunity to escape from your troubles for a short while and enjoy a temporary fantasy. But when you grow up under that influence, well, that makes for an interesting story.

Now, I can connect with Imogene's struggle to impress her peers, and I know what it's like to be the target of teasing because of one's interests. It pained me to see Imogene reach the low point of this story because she wasn't coming from an intentionally bad place--kids will make mistakes on the road to growing up. But what makes this feel real is the consequences that followed and the effort Imogene made to try and mend the situation.

Victoria Jamieson did a fantastic job with "Roller Girl" and it's theme of moving on from fading friendships. What this book did was talk about how the friends who matter are the ones who can forgive your mess ups and not use you for self-gain. And how fun Renaissance Fairs can be. If you have one near your area, take a gander! If you have this book in your collection, take a peek! You might just be shouting "Huzzah!" at the end page for a story well told.

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wildct2003
Sep 20, 2017

Very good book. Worthy follow up to Roller Girl.

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elinaghoddami
Oct 31, 2018

elinaghoddami thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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the_bookwyrm
Oct 06, 2017

the_bookwyrm thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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the_bookwyrm
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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