This One Summer

Category: Book
Created By: Tamaki, Jillian
Created By: Tamaki, Mariko
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  WEIRD / Graphic Novels
Awards: Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album (2015) Short-listed
Washington Post Top 10 Graphic Novels of the Year (2014) Commended
Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Text (2014) Short-listed
Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Young Readers (2014) Commended
New York Times Editor's Choice (2014) Commended
Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel (2014) Winner
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year (2014) Commended
Doug Wright Award for Best Book (2015) Short-listed
CBC Bookie Award for Best Young Adult Novel (2015) Winner
OLA Best Bets (Young Adult Fiction) (2015) Commended
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: May 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.50in x 6.00in x 0.90in
Our Price:
$ 18.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.

Sure, Rose's dad is still making cheesy and embarrassing jokes, but her mother is acting like she doesn't even want to be there. Plus, being at the cottage isn't just about going to the beach anymore. Now Rose and Windy are spending a lot of their time renting scary movies and spying on the teenagers who work at the corner store, as well as learning stuff about sex no one mentioned in health class.

Pretty soon everything is messed up. Rose's father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn. While her family is falling to pieces, Rose focuses her attention on Dunc, a teenager working at the local corner store. When Jenny, Dunc's girlfriend, claims to be pregnant, the girls realize that the teenagers are keeping just as many secrets as the adults in their lives.

No one seems to want to talk about the things that matter. When the tension between Dunc and Jenny boils over, Jenny makes a desperate and destructive move and Rose's mother is galvanized into action. In the aftermath, nothing is completely resolved, but secrets have been aired, which means that things are at least a bit better for everyone. For Rose and Windy, the end of summer brings the realization that, while Awago Beach might always be the same, they have both been changed forever.

From Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, creators of the multi-award-winning graphic novel Skim, comes a stunning and authentic story of friendship, illustrated with subtly heart-breaking moments and pure summer joy.

From The Publisher*Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.
Review Quote*[T]he illustrations powerfully evoke the densely wooded beach town setting and the emotional freight carried by characters at critical moments . . . Fine characterization and sensitive prose distinguish the story.
Review Quote*With a light touch, the Tamakis capture the struggle of growing up in a patchwork of summer moments . . . Wistful, touching, and perfectly bittersweet.
Review Quote*Jillian and Mariko Tamaki . . . skillfully portray the emotional ups and downs of a girl on the cusp of adolescence in this eloquent graphic novel. . . . Keenly observed and gorgeously illustrated-a triumph.
Review Quote*This captivating graphic novel presents a fully realized picture of a particular time in a young girl's life, an in-between summer filled with yearning and a sense of ephemerality.
Review Quote*Together, the Tamakis have created a quiet masterpiece. . . . Contrary to its title, This One Summer is timeless.
Review Quote*Mariko's strengths as a writer lie in her subtlety and her ability to convey whole worlds of feeling within a few lines of dialogue. . . . Jillian's full page illustrations are engrossing.
Review Quote*Even as the book grows darker, the fighting gets uglier and the inevitable loss of innocence draws closer, a sense of hope remains, and your empathy with the characters never falters. It's difficult subject matter handled with grace.
Review Quote*A relentlessly unsentimental vision, built around the dawning recognition that there can be no escaping, that everything counts in large amounts.