Jane, the fox & me

by Britt, Fanny,

Format: Print Book 2013.
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Teen Graphic Novels GN FIC BRITT
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile Graphic Novel J GRAPHIC BRITT
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A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies - Hélène weighs 216; she smells like BO. Her loving mother is too tired to be any help. Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly with Jane's tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Hélène is humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more than a fictional character to see herself as a person deserving of laughter and friendship.

Leaving the outcasts' tent one night, Hélène encounters a fox, a beautiful creature with whom she shares a moment of connection. But when Suzanne Lipsky frightens the fox away, insisting that it must be rabid, Hélène's despair becomes even more pronounced: now she believes that only a diseased and dangerous creature would ever voluntarily approach her. But then a new girl joins the outcasts' circle, Géraldine, who does not even appear to notice that she is in danger of becoming an outcast herself. And before long Hélène realizes that the less time she spends worrying about what the other girls say is wrong with her, the more able she is to believe that there is nothing wrong at all.

This emotionally honest and visually stunning graphic novel reveals the casual brutality of which children are capable, but also assures readers that redemption can be found through connecting with another, whether the other is a friend, a fictional character or even, amazingly, a fox.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Pubescent Helene sees herself as fat and beleaguered by her more popular and social classmates, so she turns to Jane Eyre to find a model for setting her prospects both high and anywhere other than her immediate circumstances. Britt's well-constructed narrative is achieved sensitively through Arsenault's impressionistic artwork, in which we see that Helene is a pretty-ordinary-looking little 11-year-old in spite of her self-image. While her everyday life which has become further burdened by an all-class camping trip appears in a gray palette, when Helene daydreams about Jane's life, pastel washes and a vivid red appear. During the camping trip, Helene comes across a red fox in the woods and begins to make some human friends. After a post-camping trip weigh-in, where she sees she's perfectly normal, Helene's everyday world also takes on color. An elegant and accessible approach to an important topic, for readers of Erin Dionne's Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies (2009) and other novels about girls learning to cope with their own expectations of themselves.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The pain that cruel schoolmates inflict on solitary, book-loving girls is familiar territory, but Britt and Arsenault's take on it is worth a second look. Tormented by her classmate Genevieve-"I stuck a fork in your butt, but you're so fat you didn't feel a thing!!"-Helene retreats into the pages of Jane Eyre. "Everyone needs a strategy," she observes, "even Jane Eyre." Arsenault (Virginia Wolf) uses velvety reds and blacks for Helene's ruminations on Bronte's novel; elsewhere, she renders landscapes, interiors, and portraits of Helene and her classmates in delicate grays. A small miracle presages change as Helene is approached by a wild fox on a school camping trip: "Its eyes are so kind I just about burst." Then a classmate named Geraldine absconds (not entirely believably) from the mean girls and befriends Helene. Arsenault signals the change by introducing the fragile green of new leaves into her monochromatic landscapes. Subordinate characters are lovingly drawn, and time and place references (the McGarrigle Sisters, the Bay department store) add piquancy. More than a few readers will recognize themselves in Helene and find comfort. Ages 10-14. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Brontë, Charlotte, -- 1816-1855. -- Jane Eyre -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Bullying -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Camping -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Self-esteem -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Bullies -- Fiction.
Camping -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Self-esteem -- Fiction.
Cartoons and comics.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher Toronto :2013.
Other Titles Jane, le renard & moi.
Contributors Arsenault, Isabelle, 1978- illustrator.
Morelli, Christelle, translator.
Ouriou, Susan, translator.
Language English
Translated from the French.
Description 101 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
ISBN 9781554983605 (hardcover)
1554983606 (hardcover)
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