A graphic 'biopic' of a beloved writer, with a romantic sweep thanks to Manuela Santoni's elegant black-and-white artwork. A must-have for fans of Jane Austen or cartoonists like Kate Beaton.
A 'biopic' in graphic form, giving a window into the youth and first love of a beloved writer. Writer-artist Manuela Santoni depicts a young Jane Austen finding her artistic voice and rejecting society's expectations in England of the late 1700s. The book also examines Austen's relationship with Thomas Lefroy, the source of much speculation among Jane Austen fans. Austen finds herself drawn to Lefroy, despite the divisions between their families, but chooses the life of a writer.
This graphic novel reimagining of Jane Austen’s defining romance will thrill her fans, especially those who enjoyed the film Becoming Jane, which starred Anne Hathaway.
School Library Journal
Detailed backmatter fills in some of the holes in the story and helps readers sort fact from fiction. The author shows faith in younger readers by including some challenging vocabulary that may have them reaching for dictionaries. However, the illustrations and context clues make the work accessible. A lovely, quick read.
An engaging, creative addition to Austen’s many biographies.