Friday, May 4, 2012

Page by Paige

Page by Paige
Laura Lee Gulledge
Amulet Books, 2011
$9.95, Paperback
February 22nd, 2012

Genre: Realistic
Age: 12+
Description: Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she's having some trouble adjusting to life in the big city. The only thing Paige has to count on from her previous life is her art so in the pages of her sketchbook she tries to make sense of her new surroundings. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret passion to be an artist out into the open—a move that is at the same time terrifying and rewarding for her.
Opinion: This is a graphic novel that defines the definition of art telling the story just as much as the text. The story is told as Paige’s sketchbook and there are so many subtle clues in her drawings that one really has to read the story on multiple levels. A great example of this is the full-page illustration of Paige sleeping before her first day at a new school. Her mind is thinking of a million questions—what if I’m behind, what if no one talks to me—and these questions are written in tiny font swimming above her head while four miniature Paiges sit on top of her head asking these questions. She can’t sleep and she says, “The inside of my head is a loud place.” This is a great graphic novel to give readers who enjoy realistic fiction along with girls who feel that graphic novels are just for guys. Awards: 2012 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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