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Jane, the Fox & Me

Britt, Fanny

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Jane, the Fox & Me
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While on a camping trip with her class, Hâeláene, who as the target of bullies is forced to sleep in the "outcasts" tent, finds hope in "Jane Eyre," an encounter with a fox, and the arrival of Gâeraldine, an extroverted classmate.

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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 Bronte’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 allow her 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.


ISBN: 9781554983605
1554983606
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC GN FIC A
Characteristics: 101 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Arsenault, Isabelle 1978-, Illustrator
Ouriou, Susan Translator
Morelli, Christelle Translator
Alternate Title: Jane, the fox and me

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Comment by: BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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The drab world of sad, bullied Hélène takes on fresh life and color thanks to a new friend, a bright red fox, and Jane Eyre -- her favorite book. Sensitive ink and wash illustrations likewise take on color to reflect her rising confidence.

The drab world of sad, bullied Hélène takes on fresh life and color thanks to a new friend, a bright red fox, and Jane Eyre -- her favorite book. Sensitive ink and wash illustrations likewise take on color to reflect her rising confidence.


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Jul 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am understandably wary when a new GN hits bookstore and library shelves and I feel my pulse pick up. Am I excited about this book because it is good or because it’s a rarity? With Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt the answer is clear. I am excited about this book because this book is exciting. In the awe-inspiring sense, of course.

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14

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Jul 28, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So many kids in school wish they weren’t considered invisible. For Helene, the opposite is true. Everywhere she goes she runs into cruel comments about her weight or that she smells or equally childish accusations. Most of these are from the girls she used to hang out with, before they decided to suddenly make her into a pariah. Her only escape is a copy of Jane Eyre which she dives into at every available moment. When her class wins a special “treat” of going to a nature camp for four nights nothing could be more unwelcome. At the camp Helene finds herself in the outcast cabin, and even the sight of a wild fox can’t break her out of her depression. It isn’t until she meets Geraldine and finds herself in the thick of a new, true friendship that things start to subtly take a turn for the better.

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“So I stare at the beautiful brand-new crinoline dress that’s mine alone with no whiff of mothballs.” A pause. “Even so, it droops a little.”

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Jane, the Fox, and Me booktalk (in French)

A booktalk of the French-Canadian title Jane, the Fox, and Me. Now available in translation in the U.S.

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