Jane Austen

Her Heart Did Whisper

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

In a time of formal dances, courtyard courtships, and strict ideas about a woman’s role in the world, Jane Austen looked at the England around her and created unforgettable art. Before she was the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice and other classic novels, Jane Austen was a young woman wrestling with society’s expectations and challenges of the heart. Her own story involves choices that changed literary history—and perhaps even the choice to walk away from love. This graphic imagining of Jane Austen’s youth includes her creative awakening and her much-speculated-upon encounters with Tom Lefroy, a brash law student. Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper is a vision of the thrills and pains of young romance, the bonds of sisterhood, and the decisions that make a person who she is.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 96
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS YAF010110, YAF005000, YAF036000
Dewey 823/.7 [B]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 250
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Manuela Santoni

Manuela Santoni is an illustrator and a cartoonist living in Fonte Nuova in Rome, Italy. Passionate about graphic novels and comics, Santoni works as a freelancer, creates books for children, and publishes her online comic Nowhere Fast at Verticomics.


  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019



“An engaging, creative addition to Austen’s many biographies.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Young readers new to Austen will enjoy speculating on their romance and will admire Jane’s strength in an era that gave women very few options. A loose black-and-white illustration style gives a nice fluidity to the story and fits Jane’s personality. . . . [L]ovely.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A good choice where Janeites are plentiful.”—School Library Journal