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Page by Paige (Paperback)
Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“Gulledge's graphic novel is a unique and insightful portrayal of a young woman's internal dialogue as she comes of age. Paige has just moved to New York City with her family and hasn't quite been able to adjust to her new surroundings. Moving away from everything familiar, going to a new school, and finding new friends while trying to discover who she really is inside and letting it show are all part of the large and scary step she is forced to take. Paige uses her unique drawing ability to detail how she finds her real self.”
— Emily Clare, Horizon Books, Traverse City, MI
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
About 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.