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.
ISBN: 9780525429982
0525429980
9780525429999
0525429999
Characteristics: 247 pages :,color ilustrations ;,22 cm

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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 the 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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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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