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Monday, January 29, 2018

All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

All's Faire in Middle SchoolFrom the Newbery Honor (and Caudill-nominated) creator of Roller Girl, All's Faire in Middle School is about Imogene, a brave and noble knight-in-training who is about to undertake her most challenging quest yet: middle school.

Imogene has never been to a traditional school before: her parents both work at the Renaissance Faire, and she has been homeschooled for her whole life. While she is excited to meet new kids her own age, she's also a little bit worried because all of the grown ups around her keep telling her that middle school is scary and "the worst." Thankfully, once Imogene goes to her new school, she meets some girls who seem really nice, and only one of her teachers is awful. But her "nice" new friends seem to want for her to be mean, they pick on her for the clothes she's wearing, and she suddenly finds herself having the wrong clothes, hair, shoes, and attitude. Are her friends really her friends? Is this what she has to do to fit in? And why do her new friends live in houses way bigger than hers? Suddenly, it's much harder to be a good squire in a place where she doesn't know all of the rules.

This book will be good for kids who are nervous about fitting in at school, who are worried about friendship, or who like the idea of another kid with weird hobbies (Imogene juggles and works at the Renaissance Faire on the weekends). Even though some of Imogene's awkwardness can be attributed to the culture shock of 6th grade after being homeschooled for years, it also felt very much like the awkwardness of growing up and trying to figure out where you fit. All's Faire in Middle School will resonate with fans of Roller Girl, Drama, and Real Friends.

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