Jane, the Fox & Me

Jane, the Fox & Me

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Baker & Taylor
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.

Perseus Publishing
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.

Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and liesHélène weighs 216; she smells like BO. Her loving mother is too tired to be any help. Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Bronte’sJane 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.


Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781554983605
Branch Call Number: Fiction Britt TEEN
Characteristics: 101 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm

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AL_KATI Sep 24, 2016

The illustrations were amazing, but I struggled to see how Jane Eyre fits in the context of the story.

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Shima2
Aug 01, 2016

I love the illustrations of the book! Such a rare treat.

older el or tween book, about a shy girl and how she sees her real life as all grey, and the life she reads in books in color. good effects in the illustrations. adults will like this one too.
~Rose

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muffinpopcorn
May 11, 2015

Didn't like this very much . poor story and content . Ending left everything up in the air . The graphic's were done well though.

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LibraryMaker
Apr 12, 2015

Beautiful. This book has absolutely stunning artwork and a charming story.

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ychi
Jun 24, 2014

This graphic novel combines a universal story, a fantastical twist and absolutely gorgeous illustrations to create a wonderful masterpiece. Originally written in French, Jane, the Fox & Me tells the story of Hélène, who feels like an outcast and loses herself in Jane Eyre. Contrast between monotones and full-colour spreads is managed adeptly and so is the usage of space and layout. The one-eyed fox's symbolism wraps up the story neatly with a heartfelt stamp upon the end.

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.

ChristchurchLib Mar 04, 2014

"While on a camping trip with her class, Hélène, 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 Géraldine, an extroverted classmate." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a2d2fecb-0036-4e36-bcd4-d3276847a40f?postId=2f01dac0-7358-4d12-879a-5d09c90eb51c

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 28, 2013

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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VV5 Mar 10, 2015

VV5 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 28, 2013

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

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 28, 2013

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 Jul 28, 2013

“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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