Helene is a beautiful, curious, and normal young girl. Except she doesn’t fit in with the rest of the girls in her school. What girl can’t relate to this message? Few girls are in that in circle. We all had to put up with a lot of hardships and sadly so does Helene.
Her sole companion is Jane Eyre. As she is reading this book, while enduring being bullied, called names and being an outcast, she felt incredibly comforted by her reading of Jane Eyre.
And just as Jane Eyre was able to eventually have a happy life the same holds for Helene. She was even able to find a true friend that shared her interests and love of books in the end.
We all can rise above a life of suffering. But we have to first walk through a dark valley with perseverance and hope to a sunlit clearing full of happiness, love, and true fulfillment.
What will differ for each one of us are our sources of inspiration and where we draw strength. Helene found strength in books and Jane Eyre was a person who she related to.
I so love this theme because I too found true inspiration from books when I was a child and a teen. So, I can relate to Helene’s plight as well having been a Ukrainian Canadian young girl brought up in Montreal with all the clash in values.
I believe this book is a must-read for every 6 to 9-year-old girl.
The illustrations are also stunning and truly expressive of the message that is being portrayed.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth