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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Page by Paige - Laura Lee Gulledge

This was a fun, quick read with enough depth to make me go back and re-read it again. This would be a great book for bibliotherapy with artistic young girls – the main character will appeal to them and forge a connection.

Summary: In graphic novel format, the reader meets Paige Turner (her parents are authors), a teen who has just moved to New York with her parents. Paige’s art is her outlet, her way of expressing her fears, doubt, and hopes. But she is afraid to share her art with anyone, so she keeps it locked away in her journal.

At her new school, Paige makes friends with a group of students who, like her, all have artistic aspirations; a musician, a writer, and another artist. With this group of friends and her trusty journal, Paige begins to truly explore her world and gain confidence in her abilities. Bit by bit, Paige lets the world see the part of herself she has kept hidden.

Page by Paige is an excellent story about a girl becoming comfortable and confident in her own abilities and gifts. It includes elements of teen love, the confusion that parents experience in dealing with their “newly hatched” teen, and finding the courage to be yourself. Each section starts with one of Paige’s rules, such as rule 4, “Let Yourself FAIL.” Each rule is a lesson in itself, and gives the reader something to connect to her own life.

Coming of Age

Age Appropriateness:
Grades 8 and up

Areas of concern (content):
Foul Language: none
Nudity/Adult Content: mild kissing, and sexual innuendos, some mention of alternative lifestyles
Violence: none.

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