All’s Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson
Published by Dial Books
Release date September 5, 2017
I received a digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
Newbery Honor author Victoria Jamieson has created another excellent graphic novel about a tween girl facing the struggle of trying to be herself while wanting to fit in. In this book we meet Imogene (known as Impy to her family) who has been homeschooled her entire life. As she gets ready to attend a public school for the first time, she also must prepare for the Renaissance Faire, which both her parents work at. Imogene loves being a part of the Renaissance Faire, but fears her family’s unusual lifestyle may get in the way of her fitting in with the trendy kids at her new school. Will this eleven-year-old find a way to survive middle school without giving up who she is?
This amazing graphic novel took me back to my middle school struggles – petty arguments between friends, girl drama, the desire to fit in, all while blending in the exciting world of the Renaissance Faire and its fascinating characters! I sympathized with Imogene as she struggled to make sense of the confusing world of middle school. I enjoyed meeting her extended “family” from the fair, as many of them offered her helpful advice. Overall, a great book that fans of Jamieson’s Roller Girl will want to read. This book does include some light references to sex (Imogene and her friends see a book where a character’s halter top gets removed, and later Imogene’s mother tells her she can always ask her questions about sex), but nothing over the top.