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Page by Paige- Laura Lee Gulledge

PagebyPaige

Synopsis:

Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she’s having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.

Laura Lee Gulledge crafts stories and panels with images that are thought-provoking, funny, and emotionally resonant. Teens struggling to find their place can see themselves in Paige’s honest, heartfelt story.

My Review:

If Page by Paige is any indication of the quality of graphic novels, then I’ve been missing out by not reading them. The black and white drawings are detailed, creative, and unique. One of my favorite graphics is towards the end of the book. In the first frame, Paige is lying down with leaves growing from her chest. In frame two and three, Paige grows smaller as the flower blooms. In the forth frame, the flower has grown as large as the New York City skyscrapers with the words “My heart didn’t even write a farewell note…It was a goner.” And the words accompany the pictures perfectly. For example, in the middle of the book there’s a picture of Paige with her eyes closed with the words “I think I was born with my eyes facing the wrong way. Because they’re always looking back into my head rather than looking out.” I’m a middle school counselor, and in the fall I’ll be a middle school librarian, and I know my students will fall in love with Page by Paige like I did. Middle school students, especially those that tend to be introverts, (as well as high school students and adults) will be able to relate to Paige’s struggle with self-identity, loneliness, and adolescence in general. I highly recommend!

I had the pleasure of meeting Laura Lee Gulledge, (who reminds me of a firecracker- dynamic, bright, and captivating)  at a library event. Her presentation was really interesting- she explained her writing and drawing process and the steps it takes to create a graphic novel, which is incredibly more complicated than a regular novel. She passed out drawings and shared pictures and videos. And she told us about her journey as an artist from Virginia to New York City. I’d love to schedule a school visit with her because I think my middle school students would be inspired by her story and presentation.

Amazon link to Page by Paige: http://www.amazon.com/Page-Paige-Laura-Lee-Gulledge/dp/0810997223/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Amazon link to Will and White, her new graphic novel: http://www.amazon.com/Will-Whit-Laura-Lee-Gulledge/dp/1419705466/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Check out her website: http://www.whoislauralee.com/

Check out her Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1309784493/will-and-whit-the-graphic-novel-musical?ref=card

Author and Illustrator Laura Lee Gulledge

Author and Illustrator Laura Lee Gulledge

Author Laura Lee Gulledge
Author and Illustrator Laura Lee Gulledge

 

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