About this book
Jane, the Fox and Me
Isabelle Arsenault • Fanny Britt • Susan Ouriou • Christelle Morelli
A graphic novel about bullying, body image and the transformative power of fiction.
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.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
About the Creators
Isabelle Arsenault is a very talented Quebec illustrator who has won an impressive number of awards and has achieved international recognition. She illustrated Migrant by Maxine Trottier, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a finalist for the Governor General's Award, and Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, winner of the Governor General's Award. Visit Isabelle Arsenault's website: http://www.isabellearsenault.com/
Fanny Britt is a Quebec playwright, author and translator. She has written a dozen plays (among them Honey Pie, Hôtel Pacifique and Bienveillance) and translated more than fifteen. She has also written and translated several other works of literature. Jane, the Fox and Me is her first graphic novel.
SUSAN OURIOU is considered to be one of Quebec’s finest translators of literary fiction. Her most recent translations include Audrée Wilhelmy’s The Body of the Beasts and, with Christelle Morelli, Fanny Britt’s acclaimed novel Hunting Houses.
Awards and Praise
- Commended New York Public Library Books for Reading and Sharing, 2013
- Commended Ontario Library Association Best Bets, 2014
- Winner Libris Award for Young Readers Book of the Year, 2014
- Short-listed Arkansas Teen Book Award, 2015
- Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014
- Commended New York Times Best Illustrated Books, 2013
- Short-listed Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2014
- Commended Selected for inclusion in Best American Comics, 2014
- Winner Governor General's Literary Award for French Language Children's Illustration, 2013
- Commended YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2014