Page by Paige

Gulledge, Laura Lee. Page by Paige. New York: Amulet Books, 2011. Print. ISBN 13: 9780810997219. Softcover. $18.95.

Annotation: When high school student Paige Turner (yeah yeah, her parents are writers) moves to New York City she decides to take a new approach to life by letting others finally see the real her and she’ll put her talents and creativity to use.

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Living quietly feels safer. But artists draw inspiration from challenges, right? What have I learned from playing it safe?

When high school student Paige moves with her parents from Virginia to New York City, she experiences some serious culture shock. In her attempts to adjust to this new city, Paige decides that she would like to try out a new Paige as well. She’s always been interested in drawing, but was too shy to share her work with anyone.

However, with the help of some new friends, Paige learns that it’s alright to stop bottling up all of her thoughts and feelings and that talent is not something to be hidden away. Paige has her ups and downs, but in spite of the troubles it’s clear that good things can happen when you give others a chance to see the real you.

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Quotables: “I hope that drawing about this stuff will help clear things out. Like a mental yard sale.” (np)

“No one wants to think they’re easy to figure out.” (np)

Page by Paige is the winner of numerous accolades including: nominee for ALA’s Teens’ Top Ten (2012), a spot on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list (2012), and multiple Harvey Award nominations.

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YOUR OPTIONS: Page by Paige is available in print and eBook formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014

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