Book Review~ All’s Faire in Middle School, @JamiesonV

Author: Victoria Jamieson3C36372F-EDC8-45FB-9267-478737E44345.jpeg

Genre: graphic novel

Pub Date: September 5, 2017

Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥


Taken from Goodreads

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.


My Review

Her family calls her Impy but kids at school have nicknamed her Homeschool. Imogene, an eleven-year-old girl, decides to give middle school a shot after being homeschooled and growing up within the culture of a local Renaissance Faire. 

I absolutely loved Imogene and loved this story! Imogene has so much to offer middle grade readers. She has to navigate her way through all the social pressures of middle school without giving up and going back to her homeschooling. 

Along the way she makes more than her share of mistakes, but I found myself really cheering for Imogene and I bet young readers will too! Not only is she transitioning from homeschooling to public school but her family lives a very different life. Like any confused 11 year old, when life get really hard, she takes it out on her family. That’s when things start to get really complicated for Imogene. She’s not fitting in at school and she’s disappointed her family, how can she fix this.

Middle school can be brutal, especially for kids that have been homeschooled. I think many homeschoolers head into public education before high school. I’d love to see more stories about homeschooled kids and even more about Impy!

If you enjoyed Roller Girl, I thought this one was even better!

About the Author


I grew up in Havertown, Pennsylvania, where I wrote and illustrated my first book in the third grade. SUPER COW! was a smash hit both with critics (my teacher) and collectors (my parents).

When I was twelve years old, my family moved to Florida. My parents tried to get me and my two brothers excited about our move by buying us season passes to Disney World. I loved watching the animators at work on the Backstage Tour, and I decided I wanted to work for Disney when I grew up.

I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, but soon found myself drawn back towards illustration instead of animation. After graduation and a slew of ill-fated careers (including a portrait artist on a Carnival Cruise ship and a conductor of illegal tours through the Vatican Museums), I began working as a book designer with HarperCollins Children’s Books in New York.

Many of my books are based on my real-life experiences. I played roller derby with the Rose City Rollers in Portland, Oregon- which is why I wrote ROLLER GIRL. I also worked at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Florida when I was in high school, which is the basis for ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. And lastly, my older brother had two pet hamsters when we were kids, named George and Martha Washington- hence, G.W. in THE GREAT PET ESCAPE.

I now live in Pennsylvania with my husband, young son, and a very grumpy cat named Sharon.

Some of Jamieson’s books


Have you read any of Jamieson’s novels? What’s your favorite graphic novel? Let’s chat about it…

Happy Reading Friends!❤️



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