Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge
The author of Page by Paige returns with another superb graphic novel. Will has suffered a tragedy and now fear the dark, since she sees the shadows of those she has lost within them. Her hobby is to create lamps out of found objects, keeping the dark at bay. Then Hurricane Whitney roars in and takes away the electricity entirely so that Will is left in a complete blackout. Happily, she is surrounded by great friends who are just as creative as she is. There is even an arts carnival being created. Now Will just has to face her fears, in the darkness.
Done in black-and-white, this graphic novel plays nicely with light and dark. The entire background of the pages change from the bright white to pure black once the power goes out in the story. Gulledge’s story embraces creativity and also features female characters who are real and honest. Gulledge also nicely uses metaphor in the story, showing shadows coming towards Will who are human shaped. As that part of the story is resolved, readers will notice the changes in the shadows around Will, a visual harbinger of real change.
Get this into the hands of those who enjoyed Page by Paige as well as other teens who are creative and touch romantic. Appropriate for ages 13-16.
Reviewed from library copy.
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