Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Daily Booktalk: Waiting on Wednesday: All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson. 248 p. Dial Books for Young Readers/ Penguin Young Readers Group, September 5, 2017. 9780525429999. 

Happy Wednesday Summer Readers! Waiting on Wednesday features All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson. It is Jamieson's second graphic novel, her first being the very popular, Roller Girl, which won a Newbery Honor. You might also notice the "misspelling" of "faire" in the title. That's no typo but a play on words as our main character and her family work at a Renaissance Faire in Florida. Eleven-year-old Imogene, Impy, has been homeschooled her whole life but has decided that she wants to try middle school. She's proud of the work her mother and father, and now she does at the Faire, but they don't earn much money. While Impy has always dressed for comfort, she is soon judged for her clothing. When she visits a classmate's McMansion after school one day, she realizes she could never invite her new "friend" to her dingy apartment. She also keeps her work at the Faire a secret.

Jamieson excels at creating unique main characters and her artwork is clear and colorful. All's Faire in Middle School is due out on September 5. I was lucky to receive an arc (advance reader copy) from the publisher. I really enjoyed it (Review here) and know that fans of Jamieson as well as Reina Telgemeier are going to love it.

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