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

Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë—faced with an ailing father and an alcoholic brother—pursue independence through art in this graphic vision of the lives of three legendary writers.

Despite their family’s stormy fortunes, the Brontë sisters resolved to write. To thwart the nineteenth century’s double standards, they took the names of men, becoming the Bell brothers. Their works incited controversy and speculation, while at home, the sisters contended with the rages of Branwell Brontë, their self-destructive sibling. Manuela Santoni presents a time before Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were known as literary masterpieces, when winds shook the Brontë house and determination held it together.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diversity
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 184
Publication Date 2021-05-04
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF010110, YAF005000, YAF036000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 220
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Timeline

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.


  • Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List, Winner, 2022


School Library Journal

“An enjoyable peek into the Brontë sisters’ origin stories, an excellent choice for libraries seeking dynamic graphic novels spotlighting literary figures.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A beautifully illustrated reimagining of the Brontë sisters’ lives.”—Kirkus Reviews