In the Annabelle Troy novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, 9 characters from classic literature find themselves transported to a Big Brother type reality TV show, set in contemporary NYC. Heidi is the youngest cast member. Stuck in the midst of a sweltering New York City summer, with her optimistic nature she makes the best of it. But she can’t help wondering what is going on in Frankfurt (the only other big city she has ever known, where she stayed with her friend Clara). Below are some comparisons:
New York City has the Central Park Zoo, Dylan’s Candy Bar, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. This museum on West 83rd Street has hands-on educational exhibits, including America to Zanzibar where Heidi composed her own music on a tabla and learned how to say her name in 21 languages. In Germany there is the Frankfurt Zoo (a small zoo set in the midst of the city and known for its mischievous monkeys); and the Palmengarten featuring 5000 types of outdoor plants as well as a greenhouse. Heidi’s favorite place in Frankfurt is Bären-Treff, a sweet shop with a vast selection of gummy candy. Forget the usual cherry bears and, like Heidi, savor daring flavors which include “red bull” and chili pepper.
For Heidi, no matter where she is, the absolute best thing to do on a summer’s day is to visit kids (the animal kind) at her local petting zoo.