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Page by Paige

by Laura Lee Gulledge

Published by Amulet/Abrams, 2011
188 pages
ISBN: pbk. 978𢠪109-97226

Ages 11-14

Teenage Paige dreams of being an artist but is plagued by self-doubt. With her family抯 recent move from Virginia to New York City, she decides to buy a sketchbook and start drawing seriously. At her new high school, she connects with a few artsy kids but still battles intense periods of low esteem and doubt. It抯 only when she takes a risk and starts showing her art to others梥tarting with her friend-becoming-boyfriend Gabe, then a few additional friends, and eventually online梩hat she begins to believe in her ability. Not that her audience isn抰 without criticism: She抯 stung when someone says her art suggests she抯 very wrapped up in herself. It抯 true! And it抯 also part of what makes the characterization of adolescent Paige so authentic. Laura Lee Gulledge captures a young artist抯 self-discovery with poignancy and humor in this appealing graphic novel. Gulledge抯 black-and-white drawings include images representing Paige抯 art, with clever drawings of her inner self which are at once symbolic and literal.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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