All's Faire in Middle School

3 CDs. 2:45 hrs. Recorded Bks. Jul. 2018. ISBN 9781501996238. $30.75. digital download.
Gr 3–7—Imogene Vega has been homeschooled, spending eight weeks every year helping out at the Florida Renaissance Faire, where both of her parents work. Until now she was behind the scenes helping in her mother's shop, but this year she will serve as squire to her father's alter ego, the villainous knight Sir Hugo. At the same time she will be starting another, far scarier quest: navigating the treacherous landscape of middle school. Laura Knight Keating marvelously captures Imogene's voice, giving it just the right pitch and inflection to reflect her myriad emotions as she deals with friends, teachers, family, and the faire. The entire cast does their best to bring the faire and the middle school experience to life; however, as the original book was a graphic novel, listeners may often feel they are missing pieces of the story that need to be seen.
VERDICT Young listeners will thoroughly enjoy the multiple voices and the descriptive text on audio, but to get the full experience they will want to have a copy of the book nearby.

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