Page by Paige

Page by Paige

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by Laura Lee Gulledge
     
 

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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

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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.

Praise for Page by Paige
“Gulledge's b&w illustrations are simple but well-suited to their subject matter; the work as a whole is a good-natured, optimistic portrait of a young woman evolving toward adulthood.” –Publishers Weekly 

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—When 16-year-old Paige is transplanted from Virginia to Brooklyn, her sketchbook is her only friend. She commits to draw a few pages each week, "No more excuses." This is her vehicle for self-exploration as she finds her place in a new environment. Her sketchbook spans a period of eight months and is divided into a set of nine "rules," and includes images of herself and her quest to answer the question, "Who am I?" The journal chronicles her developing friendships, a budding romance, her relationship with her mother, and her increasing ability to take risks and to explore new means of expressing herself. The book's trim size allows for ample visual expression and development of concepts. Realistic black-and-white drawings and excellent use of panel size, placement, and pacing add to the book's appeal. Gulledge is a master of both words and images. She brilliantly portrays poignant emotions: twisting ink falling from Paige's head as she searches for ideas, carrying her heart through an expanse of banana peels, her sneakers in a crowd of Ugg boots, a mouth stitched shut, and her silhouette from the rooftop with the Big Dipper appearing to fall from her hand—all make her loneliness palpable. Gulledge's turns of phrase are equally intriguing. Terms such as "agents of whimsy," "clickage," and "fluent in Paige" give equal weight to both imaginative text and image. The illustration for "I am a redhead island" is spot-on. This self-deprecating, humorous, and heartfelt story will resonate with readers.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
VOYA - Elaine Gass Hirsch
A coming-of-age graphic novel which can accurately be described by the heroine's name as a "Paige Turner," this story explores the inner life and social development of a young woman on the verge of adulthood who moves from Virginia to New York City with her family. Like many teens, Paige questions where she fits in, who she is, and which directions in life she might pursue. With a sketchbook in hand and artistic aspirations, Paige explores her new surroundings, becoming more comfortable with herself and gaining confidence in her future. Gulledge's emotive illustrations help to convey the ups and downs of young adulthood. The storyline is generally realistic and relatable, although having the main character meet her three best friends at lunch during her first day at a new school seems too easy and stretches credibility. Teens will find the artistic exploration, social media references, and character soundtrack playlists appealing, as well as the subtle sexual references. Gulledge's first graphic novel is a strong debut, and sure to be followed by others. Reviewer: Elaine Gass Hirsch
VOYA - Sabrina Bedford
Gulledge's Page by Paige is a fantastic graphic novel. Through clever drawings and interpretations of emotions, this book doodles the life of Paige, a high school student moving to New York City. The plot is cliche, but the relationships and the sincerity of the images and dialog make this book something to be read multiple times. Middle and high schools students might find Paige very helpful when it comes to internal struggle. Reviewer: Sabrina Bedford, Teen Reviewer
ALAN Review - Rachel Wheeler
In order to make New York City her new home, young Paige starts to sketch. Through an inside look at her drawings, the reader sees Paige reinvent herself. Paige embarks with her new best friends to splash the sidewalks and trees of New York with color. The reader follows Paige throughout her journey. Large, expressive pictures dominate the page, allowing the author to portray a greater depth of emotion and duality in the main character. The pictures emulate the skilled hand of a young girl, rather than an expert cartoonist, providing a gateway for a struggling reader to understand the depth of Paige's experience and inexperience. Paige by Page is unique because it inspires its readers to author their own lives. The book has a mix of images and text that sweep the reader along as it conveys a clear message: that one need not fear honestly expressing oneself. Reviewer: Rachel Wheeler
Library Journal
A transplanted teen looking to let out her inner artist adjusts to living in the Big Apple with her family. Charming black-and-white art with creative excursions into visual metaphor.

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Publishers Weekly
Artist and teacher Gulledge's debut graphic novel features young Paige Turner, who, like Gulledge, is a Virginian transplanted to New York. Unexpectedly stripped of her comfortable social network and dropped into an unfamiliar context, Paige finds herself reconstructing her disrupted life; New York provides her with a rich source of novel experiences, new friends, and even her first romance as Paige explores who it is that she wants to become. Paige's story is a familiar, perhaps universal, tale of self-discovery and transformation. Although New York is quite different from the region where Paige grew up, Gulledge eschews an antiurban approach, preferring to see in New York that quintessentially American city, a grand, intricate setting fit for a coming-of-age story. Gulledge's b&w illustrations are simple but well-suited to their subject matter; the work as a whole is a good-natured, optimistic portrait of a young woman evolving toward adulthood. Ages 12–up. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
A sweet coming-of-age graphic novel about an artistic introvert. Sixteen-year-old Paige Turner (a product of writer parents, though that still doesn't forgive the somewhat cruel moniker) is a recent transplant to Brooklyn from rural Virginia. Lonely and aloof, she decides to take her passion—art—to a new level and follow the rules that her grandmother (also an artist) lived by. Paige luckily falls in with a group of similarly artistic kids, and they become a tight circle. In this bunch, Paige meets Gabe, a handsome young writer whose love for the written word rivals her love for art. The group spends their days wandering the city, improvising thoughtful, random acts of art that they hope will touch those around them. In a story-within-a-story, readers are made privy to Paige's sketchbook, exposing with her innermost thoughts, even as they join her quest for identity and belonging. Paige's sketches are soft and expressive, and Gulledge does an admirable job of providing insight into Paige's musings, creating a very intimate ambiance for this well-fleshed-out character. The artist masterfully commands her piece, creating a cohesive and fluid work that cascade smoothly along. Teens are sure to relate to this wallflower who blooms—gloriously. (Graphic fiction. 13 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810997226
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
409,340
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Lee Gulledge, like Paige, grew up in Virginia and moved to New York. She has worked in art education, scenic painting, body painting, and event production, among other pursuits. Visit her online at whoislauralee.blogspot.com, where she regularly posts new and in-progress art.

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Page by Paige 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It was written for teens but this 61 year old woman learned a lot about excepting myself as I am and that I am not too old to be creative. I am inspired to see what hidden talents I have to share. If you want to be inspired read this book. I also loved the drawings too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is paige and i had to move also so i think i could relate to this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can relate to paige perfectly. This book helped me Alot,l even started a jurnel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks like a awesome book but its a lot of money!!! Maybe i'll get in real life! But all my friends say its super awesome! So i'll take their word for it! ;) ~DV
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest book I've ever read!!! I think everyone I know should read this book......It's just plain wonderful and very well wirtten and i love the drawings!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! I feel exactly like how paige did in the beginning and its really inspired me to open up more towards life and stuff haha but its a mist read for any teen :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING YOU HAVE TO GET IT IF U DONT YOUR A SWEATY HAM!!!!!!!
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I loved it!