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All's Faire in Middle School

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,574 Ratings  ·  755 Reviews
The author of Roller Girl is back with a 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 qu
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Dial Books
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Violet I liked both of the books. Roller girl and this book have a lot in common but they are also different in some ways. Roller Girl was more about a young…moreI liked both of the books. Roller girl and this book have a lot in common but they are also different in some ways. Roller Girl was more about a young girl devoted to a sport that she never tried. This book was more about a homeschooled girl being thrown to the wolves(less)

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A new graphic novel by the author of ROLLER GIRL! How happy I was to receive this book in the mail. ROLLER GIRL was emotional, realistic and engrossing. I couldn’t put it down.

ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL is very different. For starters, it’s about a girl whose parents work at a faire. The renaissance faire is quite an important element, so if like me you never think about faires and never really were quite that interested in them, it will not impress you.

To be honest, I think this is a fair bo
Abby Johnson
Okay, I loved ROLLER GIRL, but this one is even better.

Victoria Jamieson presents a story about navigating middle school but with a twist. Imogene's grown up with her Renaissance Faire family. Every summer since she can remember, she's worked at her parents' shoppe and this year she's finally becoming an apprentice in the cast. She's also starting middle school (her choice) after years of being homeschooled. Middle school, it turns out, is trickier than Imogene had anticipated and she finds her
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was a lot of fun to read. it shows the ways peer pressure and the desire to fit in can lead you astray and how to cope with being socially isolated, make up for mistakes/hurting others, and be true to yourself
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Another book that I would have loved as a kid but my old lady (36 years old) curmudgeonly brain can't get over the familiar tropes and YA angst. Highly recommend to the middle grade/YA crowd. Tentative recommend to the old lady crowd.
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I LOVED Victoria Jamieson’s previous graphic novel, “Rollergirl,” so I was super excited to read this one. It did not disappoint. It’s more than your standard fare of a new girl who struggles to fit in at middle school. The renaissance faire stuff fit in very naturally and meaningfully with the middle school storyline, making the story unique. I also like that Imogene, our protagonist, doesn’t completely fall prey to the Popular Girls. She’s perceptive; she naturally wants to fit in and be liked ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
It was fun to learn about the niche culture of renaissance fairs, but this is basically a recycled plot just like thousands of other middle school coming of age novels: innocent girl goes to middle school, tries to fit in, joins with the wrong clique/mean girls crowd, bullying and general poor life decisions ensue, eventually the girl rises above by just being herself and puts the mean girl in her place. It's done well and the Faire was fun, but overall this doesn't add anything new to the middl ...more
This is an impossible-to-put down graphic novel about a Renaissance Faire knight-in-training homeschooler, Imogene (Impy), who is starting public school for the first time. Impy's family life is socially and economically tied to the local Renaissance Faire so she has grown up in an unconventional household. She is eager to enter a "normal" environment and make "normal" friends. Impy learns some tough lessons about friendship, family, and that being true to one's self is the real normal. Jamieson ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a 25-year-old reading this book, I'm like a.) where can I sign up to be Impy's best friend and b.) really surprised by how much I relate to Impy's "I love the Renaissance Faire so much and that's a super nerdy hobby but how do I tell people?" conundrum. 11/10, will definitely read again.
Ms. Yingling
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Imogene (Impy) lives with her family in a run down apartment, and has been homeschooled for years, because her mother and father both work at the local Renaissance Fair. With middle school approaching, Impy has decided that she wants to go to public school, although she is apprehensive about how the other children will treat her and how she will fit in. She is lucky on the first day when Mika invites her to sit with her at lunch with her friends Sasha and E
Sarah Hannah
I didn't love this as much as Roller Girl in the reading experience, but I do think it's a really brilliantly rendered portrait of middle school. It doesn't shy away from showing how truly mean tweens can be to each other, rather than melodramatic and/or comical meanness you see in a lot of other middle grade. This book also gets points for parents who seem really real. I also really appreciated how it showed the lower middle class, because I feel like we don't see that in books. The Vega family ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book!!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored Imogene. She makes a lot of big mistakes, but she learns from them too. Regardless of whether or not you've ever been homeschooled, I think her middle school experience rings true and every middle schooler is going to identify with at least one aspect of it. The renaissance faire setting adds a unique appeal and helps move the story forward. First in Roller Girl and now with this, Victoria Jamieson has a knack for writing irresistible, underdog-esque characters.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Renaissance Faire graphic novel you've been waiting for.
Shauna Yusko
Perfection in a book. Dare I say better than Roller Girl???
Mr. Steve
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Victoria Jamieson has another winner! Kids can't get enough of these colorful and thoughtful graphic novels, so keep them coming.
3.5 stars

Cute book. Pretty sub-standard middle school plot line - new girl, having a hard time fitting in, mean girls etc., but with the addition of the Renaissance fair setting (Impy's parents and their fellow actors were so well done). The illustrations were great though, I really liked how the author drew background character's facial expressions. Even if they didn't speak during that particular panel I still understand their opinions/feeling/etc.

I still prefer Awkward or Sunny Side Up for mi
I first encountered Victoria Jamieson's work with her excellent graphic novel ROLLER GIRL. I swore to myself that I would definitely read anything else that she put out, since I adored that one so much, so when I found out that she had a new graphic novel for kids/tweens/early teens I was stoked. When I found out that it was set partially at a Renaissance Faire, I cackled. You see, I have this thing where I can't stand our local Renaissance Festival, but then forget that I hate it and go back ev ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL

From the author of Roller Girl comes another tale of middle school and what true friendship looks like. Imogene has been homeschooled her whole life to accommodate her family's involvement in a local Renaissance Faire. Imogene loves the Faire; she helps out in her mother's shop, and aspires to be a knight someday. Imogene decides to give middle school a try instead of homeschooling. It sounds like a great idea at first, but as the first day draws nearer and nearer, Imogene's anxiety about the fi

Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for Victoria Jamieson's latest graphic novel! Imogene has grown up at the Renaissance Faire where her parents work and up until now, she's been home schooled. Imogene's journey begins as she enters Middle School for the first time. No amount of training as a knight can prepare her for the trials and tribulations of....sixth grade! Tests of friendship, bullies, sibling rivalry and a strict teacher all help her along the path to discovering who she is on this bumpy adventure! I love Jami ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, vibrant glimpse into not only Ren-Faire life, but what it might be like for those who are homeschooled and then are suddenly thrown into the education system.

Imogene’s attempts at adapting to Middle School and her painful contortions to fit-in were well-depicted and I’m sure all of us can relate to in some manner or other. Some of the bullying and mean girl situations did feel exaggerated, unless things can really get that bad, in which case, middle school is a terrifying place....

Mississippi Library Commission
Victoria Jamieson's follow-up to Roller Girl is practically perfect in every way. Impy and her family are part of the Renaissance Fair world. They work and breathe 15th and 16th century Europe smack-dab in the middle of Florida, all day, every day, until newly dubbed squire Impy departs upon an important quest: middle school. Her close-knit world of Ren Faire lovers and homeschool are drastically different from the crowded middle school she begins to attend. Although she struggles to fit in and ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A friend of mine recommended this book to me and she did not steer me wrong. It's such a great story about acceptance and being true to yourself as well as a good story of how to stand up to and overcome bullying.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was the best book ever but the thing that i did not like is Impy (the main character) works at the Renasonce fair and she went to middle school for the first time and she did not want to tell her group of friends she worked at the fair so she wait sooooooo long to tell them because she thought they would make fun of her but when she told them they loved it! So i gave this book 4 STARS!
I didn't love this one as much as Roller Girl, but it was charming and sweet, and I love all the diversity of skin tones Jamieson includes in her characters.

And, WOW, middle school is TOUGH.
This is SO GOOD. I love Imogene and her family and the Renaissance Faire they work at!! I can't wait for the Ren Faire this summer here. I can't wait to share this book with readers at the library! Read for Comics: Advising Readers for grad school.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was good! And also very anxiety-inducing to read??? I don't mind this Homeschooler Depiction. I love the Ren faire so much, and their Ren Faire Family.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookexpo17, children
This medieval meets middle school graphic novel was so adorable!
After years of being homeschooled by her Renaissance Fair employed parents, Imogen has decided that it's high time she entered the strange arena of public school. Navigating the two worlds is a challenge, but surely a new squire like herself can handle mean girls, peer pressure, friendship issues, sibling trouble, and more without a problem. Right?

My only hesitation (and thus the 6th&up recommendation) is that Impy ge
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Required reading for middle school students, especially girls!
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a lighter read than Roller Girl, but still a great story! Since we have a RenFaire here in town, I think my Tween Book Club is going to love this book just as much.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book an I would totally read it again. I liked it because you get a point of view from a person that is homeschooled than a person that has been in school for their whole life! So I would definitely read it.
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