Chapters 1–3

Eleven-year-old Imogene loves working with her family at the Renaissance Faire, especially now that she is finally old enough to train as a squire. At the same time, she must face an unexpectedly difficult quest: surviving middle school.
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  1. hasten
    move fast
    Imogene! Hasten down from that tree!
  2. squire
    a young nobleman attendant on a knight
    I have heard told you have recently turned eleven years of age and wish to start training as a squire.
  3. treacherous
    dangerously unstable and unpredictable
    Indeed? And where shall this extremely treacherous quest take you?
  4. joust
    a combat between mounted knights tilting against each other
    Do I get to be in the joust?
  5. apprentice
    someone who works for an expert to learn a trade
    As for your pay...twenty dollars a week is the apprentice rate.
  6. demented
    affected with madness or insanity
    And when your only classmate is a demented six-year-old, you know you have problems.
  7. petty
    small and of little importance
    And so, our heroine puts these petty distractions behind her as she begins training in the Knight's Code of Honesty, Chivalry, and Bravery...and swordplay.
  8. chivalry
    the medieval principles governing knightly conduct
    And so, our heroine puts these petty distractions behind her as she begins training in the Knight's Code of Honesty, Chivalry, and Bravery...and swordplay.
  9. betrothed
    the person to whom you are engaged
    Impy, your betrothed is here.
  10. jester
    a clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman
    Lords and ladies, fools and jesters, if you are ready, we shall begin!
  11. wench
    a young woman
    There's the musicians...the well wenches...mug man...Paulo the cat trainer...It was nice to see everyone again.
  12. principal
    an actor who plays a lead role
    I'd like to introduce you to our principal actors!
  13. hermit
    one who lives in solitude
    Playing the hermit, who emerges from her cave for the first time in forty-seven years to warn the villagers...Cussie!
  14. guild
    a formal association of people with similar interests
    Please meet with your guilds for morning rehearsals.
  15. full-fledged
    having gained complete status
    You're a full-fledged cast member now.
  16. projection
    the phenomenon that gives sound a penetrating quality
    We practiced projection, which is basically saying things very loudly and in a dramatic fashion.
  17. patron
    a regular customer
    I learned some helpful phrases to say to patrons.
  18. privy
    a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
    Did thou not bring thy own chamber pot? Well then, the communal privies be just over there.
  19. victuals
    a source of materials to nourish the body
    Art thou looking for victuals?
  20. fortnight
    a period of fourteen consecutive days
    You shall find nourishment at any of those establishments. And nary a case of dysentery for nearly a fortnight.
  21. don
    put on clothes
    Hasten here, help me don my armor.
  22. spar
    practice boxing or fighting
    No matter how tired my dad is, he always has time to spar with me.
  23. agility
    the gracefulness of a quick and nimble person or animal
    Since I'm smaller, we use my speed and agility to my advantage.
  24. gig
    a booking for performers
    When he's not on an acting gig, he's a salesman at Penny Pincher Pool Supplies.
  25. clique
    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    This started a big discussion of...Bullies. Mean kids. Cliques. Fights.
  26. abject
    showing utter resignation or hopelessness
    I guess Kit noticed the look of abject terror on my face, because...
  27. elusive
    making great mental demands
    Let's practice that elusive fourth object!
  28. troupe
    an organization of performers and associated personnel
    So our troupe of merry miscreants are about to set out on their voyage through the deep, dark forest...
  29. miscreant
    a person without moral scruples
    So our troupe of merry miscreants are about to set out on their voyage through the deep, dark forest...
  30. cunning
    showing inventiveness and skill
    In the game, I'm quick, cunning, and brave, and the voyage into the unknown doesn't scare me.
  31. orientation
    a course introducing a new situation or environment
    I thought I knew where to go from the orientation a few weeks ago...but everything looked really different with so many kids around.
  32. curriculum
    an integrated course of academic studies
    Nooo...they homeschooled us because...because...they didn't agree with the state curriculum, heh heh.
  33. atrocious
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    This lab book has such atrocious handwriting, I cannot even read it.
  34. tunic
    loose fitting cloak or blouse extending to the hips or knees
    My tunic had the family crest on the front—that helped identify which knight I was a squire for.
  35. crest
    in medieval times, an emblem used to decorate a helmet
    My tunic had the family crest on the front—that helped identify which knight I was a squire for.
Created on July 26, 2019 (updated July 26, 2019)

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