Imogene's family works for the local Renaissance Faire, a two month weekends-only acting experience in which people come to see what life was like during the time of the Renaissance (think knights, queens, jousts, etc.). Imogene is now about to become a squire to a knight, and she must go on a quest. The quest she prepares for herself? Middle School!
In All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (Lexile: GN460; Interest Level: Grades 5-9), Imogene moves from being homeschooled into public school for the first time in the sixth grade. This is not an easy transition, especially as she senses that her family's business may not be considered "cool." Learning to make friends, keep up with her work, and continue with her love of the Faire keep Imogene on her toes.
Told in a combination "illustrated manuscript" and graphic novel format (mostly graphic novel), Jamieson again takes us into a world not typical of middle schoolers to share some real truths about being yourself, finding real friendship, and growing up. Her characters are real, mistake-making people, and I found myself rooting for Imogene out-loud! Fans of Jamieson's other graphic novel, Roller Girl, as well as fans of Shannon Hale and Raina Telgemeier will enjoy this one as well! (248 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.