All's Faire in Middle School
Imogene wants a larger role in the Renaissance Faire’s big finale, where her family, and extended Faire family have always worked together. She also wants to be “normal” and is starting middle school for the first time. Brand name clothes, wealthy friends, and cliques are all new for her. What will it cost her to fit in with the crowd?
Like Roller Girl, this book's charm is in its unique details, and in its authenticity. I'm thrilled to see a book set in a Renaissance Faire context, because it's a recognizable thing for many readers, but not represented in mainstream fiction. This author writes about middle school mistakes in a heartbreakingly real way - so you feel Imogene's shame and the disappointment in herself when she lets her parents down, and you feel the crushing comments of the "in" crowd to those viewed as outsiders. This book explores meaningful themes, including doing the right thing, figuring out what’s most important, working toward goals, and not being afraid to be unique.
"Kit has always said that when I get older, we'll perform a juggling and sword-fighting act and tour faires around the country. I don't really think that will happen, but it's nice to have a backup plan if this middle school thing doesn't pan out."
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