Page by Paige

Page by Paige

Book - 2011
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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.

Praise for Page by Paige
"Gulledge's b&w illustrations are simple but well-suited to their subject matter; the work as a whole is a good-natured, optimistic portrait of a young woman evolving toward adulthood." - Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780810997226
Branch Call Number: PS3607.U45 P34 2011
Graphic Y Fic
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 19, 2017

I enjoyed Paige's pages--her inner chatter and the way she took her grandmother's art lessons to heart (I wrote them down in my sketchbook, right next to the apple core drawing).
Even though I am a whole lot older than Paige, her character still resonated for me. And I loved the artwork (although it makes my apple core look sad in comparison).
Maybe art is hard because we take ourselves too seriously, or not seriously enough. Or maybe we are too outwardly focus, or maybe inwardly. Oh wait, it doesn't matter who you are, you CAN make art.

Jul 24, 2017

This book was REALLY inspiring, and I could absolutely relate to the main character, Paige. Also, the art was stunning and beautiful and so creative!

Jun 05, 2017

I really enjoyed this. Aimed very clearly and cleverly at the Young Adult market, it touches on many of the things teens think about, as they find their way in the world. What is is to be shy, to be creative, to move house and find friends. A gentle intelligent tale, full of visual metaphors, it's a good example of how not all comics are violence, superheros, boobs, guns and violence. I really enjoyed this book, and so did my twelve year old daughter, who has trouble finishing books, but read this all in one go.

ChristchurchTeens Feb 07, 2017

Page by Paige is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel about sixteen year old Paige who has just moved from Virginia to New York. Paige decides to try out her Grandmother’s drawing lessons and keep a sketchbook. Soon she is happy again.

I would recommend this book for any keen artist or as a teenage read. It is ideal for both girls and boys as it has strong characters.

The illustrations really tie the story together, which is what helps make it so special. I loved this book because it is a deep, moving story that is bound to capture your heart as well as your artistic self!

Reviewed by Katie

Jul 06, 2016

I really liked the story and the whole thing was tied together really well. The art was amazing. It was a really fast read which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Nonetheless, I enjoyed and recommend it.

Jul 03, 2016

This book is pretty good. Not the best, but good. I liked it because the book is drawn in a creative way and the story is about being the new student in a new school.

Mar 21, 2016

Loved this. Great story. Amazing art.

Dec 08, 2015

are there doctor who references in this one too?

forbesrachel Sep 28, 2014

A quirky, artistic, and introspective approach to portraying the life of a young girl who is just discovering herself. The graphic novel itself acts like Paige's sketchbook/diary as she goes chapter by chapter through events. Each page looks like a piece of art, through which Paige expresses her thoughts and emotions. Some are abstract, surrealistic, and metaphorical, while others are direct representations of her words. In this way, we see the real Paige, the one she hides from others, even as she adjusts to her new life in the city. As she struggles with her identity, she draws, but she lacks confidence to do more. By meeting others, she is able to grow tremendously. Page by Paige has strong thematic ties both visually and literally. The idea of connections is one which particularly concerns Paige: she just moved, she hardly speaks to her parents, she is often depicted with a string and cup phone, is disconnected from her old friends, and has a hard time opening up to her new ones. Slowly, she pushes herself to be better. Through her story we see that it is okay to share your talents and reveal who you are to others. Sure, there are risks, and you will get hurt at times, but there are many people out there who will give you encouragement, support, and love.

VanessaCCL Nov 06, 2012

"When introspective Paige Turner and her family move to New York City from rural Virginia, Paige pours her doubts, worries, and her wishes to be a bit bolder into the drawings that fill her sketchbook. This chronicle of a young artist coming into her own - and meanwhile dealing with family, making new friends, and finding love - is genuine, funny, and overflowing with emotion. If you like realistic fiction, especially stories of finding one's place in the world, you'll love Page by Paige whether or not you're a fan of graphic novels." Teen Scene November 2012 newsletter

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