Laura Lee Gulledge
Harry N. Abrams, 2011
Audience: All Teens
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.
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Page by Paige was well-done. It was arty and introspective. Paige definitely wanted to learn more about herself and become a better person. Yet, she feels doubt and second guesses herself almost constantly. Most teens identify with those feelings, and Gulled captured that perfectly. Fans of the movie The Breakfast Club will love it!