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Title:
All's faire in middle school

All's fair in middle school

All is faire in middle school

All is fair in middle school
Title:
All's faire in middle school
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Pebguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Physical Description:
247 pages : color ilustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Dial Books for Young Readers"--title page.

Chiefly illustrations.

Pagination may vary.
Abstract:
"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. "-- Amazon.
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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Imogene Vega has been homeschooled, spending eight weeks every year helping out at the Florida Renaissance Faire, where both of her parents work. Until now she was behind the scenes helping in her mother's shop, but this year she will serve as squire to her father's alter ego, the villainous knight Sir Hugo. At the same time she will be starting another, far scarier quest: navigating the treacherous landscape of middle school. Laura Knight Keating marvelously captures Imogene's voice, giving it just the right pitch and inflection to reflect her myriad emotions as she deals with friends, teachers, family, and the faire. The entire cast does their best to bring the faire and the middle school experience to life; however, as the original book was a graphic novel, listeners may often feel they are missing pieces of the story that need to be seen. VERDICT Young listeners will thoroughly enjoy the multiple voices and the descriptive text on audio, but to get the full experience they will want to have a copy of the book nearby.-Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Jamieson doesn't disappoint in her first graphic novel since her Newbery Honor-winning Roller Girl. Imogen Vega's parents perform at a Renaissance fair in Florida, immersing the family in a world of jousting and archaic language ("Thou qualling toad-spotted clack-dish!"). Imogen has been homeschooled all her life; now, at 11, she's headed to public school. In her first weeks, she falls victim to the wiles of a mean girl, hurts a girl who might have been a good friend, and throws her younger brother's treasured stuffed animal into the lake. As Imogen undergoes a period of self-enforced solitude, the extended family of the fair community offers unexpected support. Jamieson's sturdy artwork (her figures are decidedly unglamorous, as if to offer regular kids reassurance) and sharp dialogue make it easy to care about her characters. Readers will also appreciate the irreverent humor of the fair's adults: as a treatment for bullies, one recommends "a large quantity of chicken feathers and a few pots of honey." The fair emphasizes adventure and theater, but its unconventional performers teach Imogen about kindness, too. Ages 9-12. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

After years of homeschooling, Imogene is excited to start public school for the first time. Plus, she finally gets to perform in the Renaissance faire, where her mom has a shop (or, shoppe) and her dad plays a knight. Imogene doesn't have much trouble sliding into her new role at the faire, but middle school is another story. Rules about who to sit with, what to wear, and how to fit in are confounding, especially when she's getting some seriously mixed messages from the popular girls in her class and realizing how different her family is. Jamieson's appealing, naturalistic artwork, full of warm tones, realistic-looking characters, and saturated colors, playfully incorporates medieval imagery along with Imogene's more mundane homelife, particularly when Imogene fears that her misbehavior at home, thanks to frustrations at school, makes her more of a dragon than a knight. Jamieson masterfully taps into the voice and concerns of middle-schoolers, and the offbeat setting of the Renaissance faire adds some lively texture. Kids who loved Jamieson's Roller Girl (2015) will adore this one, too.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2017 Booklist