All's Faire in Middle School (Paperback)

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All's Faire in Middle School captures the tribulations of Imogene, a girl in the midst of a transition from homeschooling to attending public middle school.  When Impy starts school, she begins to realize how different she is from the other children.  Her family works at the yearly renaissance faire and her father sells pool supplies.  They live in an apartment and shop at thrift stores, unlike some her more privileged classmates.  Class and race are gently addressed, but without the pitfall of sentimentality.  Watch Impy strive to learn the difference between popularity and true friends, while also striving to slay the dragon at the faire.  Lively, relatable, and fun!  

— From Sarah


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.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525429999
ISBN-10: 0525429999
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 248
Language: English