Helene is tormented by the girls who were once her friends and bullied over her (entirely normal) weight. Her mother is tired, and while loving, often cannot help. Helene does encounter other consolations, however-the book Jane Eyre, a fox on a camping trip, and finally a new girl, Geraldine. While not glossing over the casual cruelty of which children can be capable, it also brings readers to the realization that redemption can be found through connection with like-souls, even if they are unlike in other ways. Told in graphic-novel format, the pencil-drawn illustrations of Helene's present-day circumstances nicely contrast with the rich colors found in Jane's world at Thornfield, the fox, and the growing warmth in her own life. Ages 10-14. 104 pages. As the bullying is presented realistically, parents may wish to preview for younger readers.