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Will & Whitby Laura Lee Gulledge
Synopses & Reviews
Laura Lee Gulledges signature visual metaphors will be on full display in this all-new graphic novel, a moving look at shedding light on the dark corners of life.
Praise for Will and Whit
"This sophomore offering shines as bright as the lamps Will surrounds herself with... Quirky, clever and insightful."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Gulledge creates engaging characters (especially Reese, Noels precocious younger sister), and draws them with believable expressiveness Gulledges values are wholesome, and her energy is up-to-the minute fresh."
"The most striking feature about Gulledges second graphic novel is the organic nature of the layouts. Action and dialogue flow smoothly from panel to panel, barely acknowledging their confines. Thick, sumptuous lines separate characters from richly detailed backgrounds, and this is all done in black and white. Gulledge populates her story with unique and likable characters who relate easily and naturally to one another."
—School Library Journal
"Across the reaches of YA-targeted media, its rare to find a work with such a relentlessly upbeat tone and sense of uncompromising positivity as those found in this graphic novel."
"The shape and pacing of panels expertly capture the narratives tone; occasionally the panels disappear altogether, giving the images a dreamy feel. Eloquent pointillist shadows reveal Wills emotions—especially her fears and insecurities—and her expansive imagination."
"Rendered in black and white panels, this graphic novel provides a surprisingly light-hearted story with a strong emotional core. Detailed backgrounds draw the reader into the scene, while the mixture of group shots and individual faces guides the narrative through social and introspective moments."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Willhemena learns to deal with the shadows from her past and take a big step toward adulthood. This is a satisfying coming-of-age story with a good plot and strong images."
—Library Media Connection
YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens List 2014 (Top Ten Title)
Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel 2014 list
Kirkus Best Book of 2013
"There are three things to know about 16-year-old Willhemena Huckstep: she always describes people by saying there are three things you should know about them, she's smart and funny, and something has made her afraid of the dark. Fortunately, some quirky friends — Autumn, who makes puppets, and Noel, who's secretly in love with Autumn — and the diversions of tropical storm Whitney and a community art event offer Will the support she needs. Gulledge (Page by Paige) creates engaging characters (especially Reese, Noel's precocious younger sister), and draws them with believable expressiveness. The shadows that haunt Will are visible to readers and drop plenty of hints about her story, like the gray image of a destroyed car that appears as the shadow of an ordinary one as Will cycles by. Trauma and creativity, strength in community, and truth-telling are all thoughtfully examined, and the jokes are good, too: 'This cookie's ruined!' Autumn announces to Noel. 'Someone licked it,' she says, licking it. 'How tragic!' Gulledge's values are wholesome, and her energy is up-to-the-minute fresh. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (May)Ã¢Â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Laura Lee Gulledge, like Paige, grew up in Virginia and moved to New York. She has worked in art education, scenic painting, body painting, and event production, among other pursuits. Visit her online at whoislauralee.blogspot.com, where she regularly posts new and in-progress art.
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