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The Blue Castle (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
What Readers Are Saying: "The sweetest romance I have ever read, full of laugh-out-loud moments and obnoxious 'villains'...on par with Jane Austen's best."
An unforgettable story of courage and romance. Will Valancy Stirling ever escape her strict family and find true love?
All her life, Valancy Stirling lived on a quiet little street in an ugly little house and never dared to contradict her domineering mother and her unforgiving aunt. Then she gets a letter--and decides that very day things need to change. For the first time in her life, she does exactly what she wants to and says exactly what she feels.
At first her family thinks she's gone around the bend. But soon Valancy discovers more surprises and adventure than she ever thought possible. She also finds her one true love and the real-life version of the Blue Castle that she was sure only existed in her dreams...
What Readers are Saying:
"This just became one of my all-time favorites In fact, this may be my favorite L.M. Montgomery book, and I'm a huge 'Anne' fan ...I loved the drama and the romance, and the beautiful descriptions of the Canadian wilds. What a great book It's a treat to read, just a joy with every page "
"The sweetest romance I have ever read, full of laugh-out-loud moments and obnoxious 'villains'...on par with Jane Austen's best."
"Absolutely hilarious (Valancy would be a Twitter superstar), and it feels so fresh, which is a testament to how timeless L.M. Montgomery's writing is. This has quickly become one of my favorite books."
"I finished reading The Blue Castle with the same engrossed delight I had in meeting Anne Shirley years ago."