Jane, the Fox, and Me
Title: Jane, the Fox, and Me
Author: Fanny Britt
“In a beautifully illustrated graphic novel we see the world of young Helene, who encounters the very real and very unfortunate feelings of loneliness and rejection among her classmates. She finds solace in books, and specifically with the story of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (which, spoiler alert! This book tells the ending of Jane Eyre). Like The Little Prince, this is a children’s book that grown-ups will love, too.”—Rosie at KDL’s Wyoming branch
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.