Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Victoria Jamieson
Publisher: Dial Books
Honesty. Chivalry. Bravery. The Knight's Code. If you wanted to become a knight, you had to start as a squire and Imogene definitely wanted to become a knight. Her first act of bravery in order to begin training as a squire? Attend Middle School. Home-schooled until this point in her life, Imogene thinks this is the perfect act of bravery and something that she can overcome on her path to knighthood. Unfortunately, Middle School is a much more chaotic, confusing, and challenging world than she thought. The life of a middle schooler isn’t as clear-cut as the roles of people at faire. During her daring act of bravery, Imogene learns what it means to be a friend and how friends are supposed to treat each other. She is able to overcome the dragons around and inside of her as she learns to see things with more open eyes and stand up for others and what she believes is worth fighting for.
A wonderfully illustrated graphic novel about finding your place, navigating the challenges of friendship and social acceptance, and learning that it's not your job to be liked by everyone or to like everyone. Victoria Jamieson creates a fantastic book with captions and scenes that remind the reader of the awkwardness of growing up and the dragons you can face in life. The comic-books style novel is easily accessible to readers, divided into chapters like novels, and filled with conversation, character development, and a strong plot. It might be a little difficult for some English language learners as the comic-style is all capitalized text, but it is at a more accessible level with image support and the character and plot depth of a regular text-styled novel.