Will & Whit

Will & Whit

Book - 2013
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Wilhelmina "Will" Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.
Laura Lee Gulledge's 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 & 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, Noel's precocious younger sister), and draws them with believable expressiveness... Gulledge's values are wholesome, and her energy is up-to-the minute fresh."
-- Publishers Weekly

"The most striking feature about Gulledge's 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, it's rare to find a work with such a relentlessly upbeat tone and sense of uncompromising positivity as those found in this graphic novel."
-- Booklist

"The shape and pacing of panels expertly capture the narrative's to≠ occasionally the panels disappear altogether, giving the images a dreamy feel. Eloquent pointillist shadows reveal Will's emotions--especially her fears and insecurities--and her expansive imagination."
-- HornBook

"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
Publisher: New York : Abrams Book, 2013.
ISBN: 9781419705465
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Will and Whit


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Apr 08, 2016

Haunted by shadows, afraid of the dark, when I read this book I instantly felt like I became Will and fell in love with all of the characters.

Will has a cool, old-fashion vibe about her which makes me want to read more books written by Laura Lee

Dec 08, 2015

I love the doctor who references! however, there is a bit of swearing, so be warned!!

forbesrachel Jun 02, 2014

Will is haunted by shadows; troubles that she would rather avoid. Her grandparents are gone, her parents are gone, and all she has left is the supportive aunt whom she lives with, and her friends. She is trapped by her life, and especially the darkness that scares her. To counter this, Will re-purposes items to create lamps. Not only do they chase away the dark, but this creativity allows her to express herself in a way that she can't with people. Her metaphorical shadows take on a physical form to represent her inner thoughts, and even hint at her past. Pointillism distinguishes these from the bold-stroked and cel-shaded approach of the rest. All is in blacks, greys or whites, which further manifests the fight against her fears. When storm Whitney hits, everything becomes darker, even the page gutters turn black, and it is at this point that Will comes face to face with her demons. Ironically, it is the safety of the light that hides things, and the scary dark that reveals the truth, making it unavoidable. The following power outage brings people together. Her friends deal with their own issues, and Will gains the willpower to finally move forward. Will beautifully narrates her story by speaking to us. Her tale is emotional, poignant, and filled with a depth of imagery that is rarely used. Tidbits of wisdom accumulate into the final message, after a reveal that leaves us near tears. It takes not only great courage, and great friends and family, to face ones most painful memories, but also a little bit, of both the light and the dark.

JCLEmmaF May 26, 2014

cute little comic.
i liked the quirks of the characters and everything.
more for younger teenagers?


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Apr 08, 2016

its_brady_04 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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