Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, is a graphic novel recommended by a friend.
is feeling insecure: the girls she used to be friends with have
suddenly turned on her, whispering behind her back and writing nasty
comments on the bathroom wall. To escape, she reads Jane Eyre,
which she has decided is the best book ever, even though she is only
part of the way through it. But what will happen when her entire class,
including her tormentors, is sent off to nature camp for a week?
is a quick read, even for a graphic novel. The artwork is done in a
style that doesn't particularly appeal to me -- it looks half-finished.
(But I am an uncultured barbarian when it comes to graphic novels, so
don't mind me.) Helene is a great character, and in just a few
interactions we get a real sense of her relationship with her mother as
well as the general climate at school. I think this will resonate with
kids who, like Helene, are being bullied, but I can't see them picking
it up on their own. This is a book in need of champions to see that it
gets into the hands of the readers who need it.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)