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 lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. She maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league and has a not-so-secret past as a Renaissance Faire groupie.
All's Faire in Middle School 4.7 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
It’s truly hilarious and I now know a bit about renaissance fairs. I loved it and it’s definitely something I’m going to read over and over again and will never tire of!
5 months ago
Imogene wants to become a squire but she needs to prepare for this important position. She has waited forever to turn 11 so she could begin her training. To show the queen that she is ready for this position, Imogene decides that she will attend a public middle school to show the queen that she has these attributes and that she’s ready to help the kingdom.
Imogene’s family has played a major role in the Florida Renaissance Faire forever and finally, Imogene will get her chance to be a cast member. With the opportunity to attend public school, Imogene feels that middle school will be fun until the big day approaches and then Imogene begins to get nervous. Her brother’s girlfriend tries to ease Imogene’s mind with her own personal stories but, if anything they raise Imogene’s fear level and give her more things to worry about. As she makes her way through school those first few days, it’s as though she is dreaming. When a girl calls her over at lunch, she feels she has made a friend and finally has a group of individuals to hang with.
I enjoyed the rest of the novel immensely as it hit on a ton of subjects’ kids are subjected to daily. Her new friends are cruel to others and sometimes even to Imogene. Imogene ignores their behavior for she has finally been accepted and she doesn’t want to jeopardize her new status.
On the weekends, Imogene and her family perform at the Renaissance Faire. Imogene begins to train and ends up really enjoys it. A classmate shows up and it’s Anita. They have a good time yet back at school Anita tells Imogene not to associate with her, so she doesn’t. Later, its discovered, Imogene’s new friends make fun of Anita. So now Imogene is in the middle, she likes Anita but she likes being popular with her new friends. What to do?
It’s crazy to see how these girls act. Anita is not there to prove herself to anyone. She just wants an education, Mika wants to prove to everyone how much better she is (and for what? I kept thinking) and Imogene, I think she was confused on what she wanted.
The story gets intense the more that I read. Imogene’s behavior goes off the track. She’s trying anything to fit in except being who she is, yet I kept wondering if she even knew who she was.
My favorite part of this story was the incident with the shoes and the pants. She was trying, I just don’t think she knew how to handle the situation. Highly recommend this graphic novel.
More than 1 year ago
I really loved this graphic novel, it has cute drawings, it’s fast paced and hard to put down.
I think this novel reflects perfectly what it’s like to be in middle school, this transition between being a kid and an adolescent, this absurd need to fit in and fear to be alone with no friends, or weird, or an outcast. Middle school was definitely not kind with me, I had to choose between be true to myself or to fit in, and I decided to be true to myself, and I think that it was my best choice, not only because I learnt more about me, but because I could find friends who really liked me for who I was.
In this novel, Imogene passes from being homeschooled to attend public school, and she has to make the same choice I did on my middle school time, to be herself or to try to fit in. She opts for trying to fit in to avoid being an outcast and bullied, but this brings consequences to her. She passes through hardships she has to endure and has to try to mend her mistakes, the typical mistakes any middle schooler can make. She has to decide who she wants to be in her story, the heroine or the dragon.
This novel has lovely and relatable characters, a simple but realistic story, and is a light read, perfect for a reading block; I read this in one evening. This story is perfect for kids who are going through this transition of growing up, like my young brother, sadly, he doesn’t’ speak English. I highly recommend it.
Tanya C. [Bois de Merveilles]
More than 1 year ago
I really want to read this. I love comics. I have Roller Girl...I have Swing it Sunny....and I really want this. P. S. I had the weridest dream. P. P. S. If you want to know it its at dreams res one. Hope you liie it....its werid.
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