Jane, Le Renard et Moi

Jane, Le Renard et Moi

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Hélène est victime de harcèlement et d'intimidation à son école. Elle trouve alors refuge dans le monde de Jane Eyre, le premier roman de Charlotte Brontë...

Commentaire de Isabelle M.

L'histoire d'Hélène semblera bien familière à plusieurs lecteurs. Cette dernière est victime d'harcèlement et d'intimidation à l'école et se réfugie dans le monde de Jane Eyre, créé par la célèbre Charlotte Brontë. Élégamment, l'œuvre tente d'explorer le sujet difficile de l'intimidation. Son impact émotionnel permet au lecteur de compatir et de mieux saisir l'inexplicable. Car ce genre de douleur, surtout pour les plus jeunes, s'exprime difficilement en mots. Le dessin exceptionnel d'Isabelle Arsenault se marie parfaitement aux textes de Fanny Britt. Les illustrations aux tons de gris reflètent habilement le cœur de la jeune fille, qui finit par trouver sa place, grâce à Jane, à un renard, à une amie et à elle-même.

101 pages            978-2923841328   Ages 11-14

The English version:  Jane, the Fox and Me

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.

104 pages    978-1554983605   Ages 11-14

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