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All's Faire In Middle School

byVictoria Jamieson

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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Calling all Raina Telgemeier fans! The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.

Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind—she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all. 

As she did in Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson perfectly—and authentically—captures the bittersweetness of middle school life with humor, warmth, and understanding.
Victoria Jamieson is the creator of the Newbery Honor winner Roller Girl. She received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a children's book designer before moving to Portland, Oregon and becoming a freelance illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has liv...
Title:All's Faire In Middle SchoolFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:248 pages, 8.31 × 5.69 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:8.31 × 5.69 × 0.9 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525429999

ISBN - 13:9780525429999


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This is a great story about fitting in. It can be difficult to find your place in middle school, but it’s even harder when you’ve been homeschooled all of your life. Imogene grew up at the renaissance fair where her family works, but she decides she wants go to public school for middle school. She faces problems that she has never encountered before. Imogene wants to fit in with the other kids in her class, but she has a very different family life from theirs. The popular girls won’t let her associate with the one other student who goes to the renaissance fair. Imogene has to deal with all of the typical problems of peer pressure and pressure to get good grades, while hiding the truth about her family’s background. The renaissance fair looks like so much fun! This is a great story with a medieval twist.
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice 2nd book following Roller Girl Fast read that my daughter has reread again and again. Be prepared to explain what a Renaissance Faire is.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun story in graphic novel format Imogene is excited to be starting school. Until now she has been home schooled while her parents work at the Medieval Faire in Florida. She is looking forward to making new friends and doing normal things that real kids do. School doesn't turn out to be as easy as she had hoped. Juggling balls, wielding a sword to fend off a villain and being squire to a knight are normal, daily life to Imogene, making friends at school doesn't come naturally to her. When she breaks the knight's code, she finds herself with some serious decisions to make. Excellent middle school story told in graphic novel form. It deals with several issues that are pertinent to middle school students. I particularly like that the adults don't tell Imogene how to solve her problems, but rather guide her along a path such that she can discover her own solutions. Should appeal to a wide range of readers. Suitable for younger children who are reading at an advanced level. Victoria Jamieson is author of the popular Roller Girl graphic novel. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute and excellently drawn and written story about life and growing up! I would like to start this review by saying that I won an advanced readers edition of this book by a Goodreads giveaway. I absolutely adored this book! Yes, it is quite long, 300+pages, however, it is written in a comic book style, meaning there are only a few lines of text on each page so reading this story is done pretty quickly. The drawing of the comics are super well drawn as well! They really add to how you envision the story as you are reading it and they are really super cute and drawn to display the emotion that the text is displaying so perfectly! This is a very good story for kids, it will teach them about friendship, faith, family, new challenges and so much more. I would definitely recommend this story to children and adults alike because it is sure to teach children and remind adults of these lessons they should already know.
Date published: 2017-09-11

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times Editor’s ChoiceAn Autumn Kids’ Indie Next List top pickA Boston Globe Best Children's BookA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Kirkus Reviews Best Book A New York Public Library Notable Children's BookA Southern Living Best Children’s Book A Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List bookAn ALA  Notable bookA VOYA Top Shelf pickA CCBC Choices book"All’s Faire in Middle School is a delightful, funny, and thoughtful adventure through the challenging worlds of friends and family. Huzzah!"—Jennifer and Matthew Holm, New York Times bestselling authors of Sunny Side Up"Victoria Jamieson's graphic novels are gateway drugs to all the best nerdy hobbies." —Cory Doctorow★ "Readers will cheer [Imogene's] victories, wince at her stumbles, and likely demand visits to the nearest faire themselves to sample the wares and fun." — Kirkus, starred review★ "Jamieson doesn’t disappoint in her first graphic novel since her Newbery Honor–winning Roller Girl." — Publishers Weekly, starred review★ "As heartfelt as it is gorgeous, this is a worthy addition to any middle grade graphic novel collection." — School Library Journal"Roller Girl was terrific...All’s Faire in Middle School is even better…The story has shades of Harriet the Spy, Monty Python and Peanuts, and the ending is tremendously satisfying without feeling false or unearned…I dub thee brilliant." — The New York Times Book Review"Jamieson masterfully taps into the voice and concernsof middle-schoolers.... Kids wholoved Jamieson’s Roller Girl will adore this one, too." — Booklist"Middle school is about to get a lot more Faire thanks to Victoria Jamieson’s latest graphic novel."—Entertainment Weekly"Imogene’s story is a Renaissance tale itself—an experience complete with tension, laughter, anticipation, heartbreak, and delight." —The Horn Book"The mean girls/oddball family themes feel fresh, and the explicitly stated moral of 'You’re not the center of the damn universe!' goes down easy." —BCCB"This might be the best graphic novel that I have ever read." — Nerdy Book Club “This colorful graphic novel is rich with themes of belonging, friendship, family, making tough choices, and finding your own way.”—International Literacy Association "A spot-on depiction of the complexities of family dynamics, the nuances of friendship, and the longing to fit in vs. the pull of being true to oneself. Gloriously illustrated in full color, every inch a pleasure. Grade A.” —Sunday Plain Dealer