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This One Summer

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by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

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A New York Times bestseller
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and


A New York Times bestseller
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad... Something life threatening.

It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/17/2014
Rose and Windy, friends for two weeks every summer in nearby Ontario lake cottages, have hit early adolescence. Rose, a bit older, has knowledge and polish that tubby, still-childish Windy lacks, and Windy sometimes bores her. Yet Windy’s instincts are often sound, while Rose is led astray by an infatuation with a local convenience store clerk. As Rose’s parents’ marriage founders and the taunts of local teens wake her to issues of social class, Rose veers between secret grief and fleeting pleasure in the rituals of summer. Jillian Tamaki’s exceptionally graceful line is one of the strengths of this work from the cousin duo behind Skim. Printed entirely in somber blue ink, the illustrations powerfully evoke the densely wooded beach town setting and the emotional freight carried by characters at critical moments, including several confronting their womanhood in different and painful ways. Fine characterization and sensitive prose distinguish the story, too—as when Rose remembers the wisdom a swimming teacher shared about holding his breath for minutes at a time: “He told me the secret was he would tell himself that he was actually breathing.” Ages 12–up. Agent: Sam Hiyate, the Rights Factory. (May)¦
From the Publisher

“*This book is poignant and melancholy, and it will be swiftly recognizable to those who only recently hovered at the cusp of adolesence.” —BCCB, STARRED REVIEW

“*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.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“*A summer of family drama, secrets and change in a small beach town . . . Keenly observed and gorgeously illustrated - a triumph.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“*With a light touch, the Tamakis capture the struggle of growing up in a patchwork of summer moments . . . Wistful, touching, and perfectly bittersweet.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

This One Summer teeters on the fault line of preadolescence, as cozy childhood naivety washes away to reveal the dark complexities of adult life. Jillian Tamaki might be the best illustrator in the entire biz – her drawings are immersive, sensual and overwhelmingly beautiful. A magic synergy is kindled when paired with the storytelling of her cousin Mariko, who implements the best elements of graphic novels, manga, bande dessinée and modern literary prose to awaken a world of sophisticated naturalism. I loved it.” —Craig Thompson

“Jillian’s art is simply gorgeous, and the perfect companion to the beautiful—and sometimes painful—truth behind Mariko’s every word.” —Stephanie Perkins

This One Summer is so vivid and beautifully told, that I saw, heard, and felt every moment. This tender and oh-so-true story of one girl's pivotal summer is a stand-out.” —Deb Caletti

“I just want to live forever in the pages that Mariko and Jillian create. Exquisite, subtly layered storytelling of both words and art, and a punch when you least expect it—a rare treasure of a book, like a summer caught and pressed between the pages.” —Svetlana Chmakova

“I read this in July, and spent the rest of the summer thinking about it. Every bike on a dusty road and gleefully swimming kid made me think about this book, and how it so eloquently and perfectly captures the feeling of summer-- slow, lazy and somehow hectic and astounding and full-- that we spend every year after the age of 18 trying to remember. ” —Lucy Knisley

This One Summer is a precisely written, exquisitely illustrated exploration of the moment when childhood tips over into adolescence. For the second time the Tamakis have raised the bar for young adult comics.” —Hope Larson

“The most beautiful thing I've ever seen.” —Faith Erin Hicks

This One Summer is a beautiful, relatable story of that summer everyone has had, where things happen around you but nothing happens to you.” —Julie Halpern

“Read this and remember that time. Read this and feel the innocence and the intimate, wrestling out at the beach. Read this and keep it like a secret, or let it run wild like a bonfire night. Read this for the joy and the grit, the tears and the sunburn, what you can't remember and what you'll never forget. Read This One Summer and swear you were there.” —Daniel Handler

Children's Literature - Brandon West
There have been many coming-of-age tales about friends growing together and apart, but few have been written and illustrated as gracefully as this one. Rose and Windy, two girls encroaching on adolescence, are on their annual family vacations at Awago Beach. The girls’ summer begins as anticipated, with visits to the beach and renting horror movies from the local corner store; however, something is different this year. The girls find themselves slowly drifting apart, as Rose is interested in a local teen, or “The Dud” as Windy refers to him and his dramatic relationship his girlfriend. Meanwhile Windy’s immaturity starts shining through. Rose is also dealing with family issues as her mother’s depression is straining her parents’ marriage. The Tamaki’s have written and illustrated a true masterpiece, one that avoids clichés and feels real enough to be biographical. The tension between Windy and Rose, as well as Rose and her parents, avoids becoming melodramatic and settles naturally on a hopeful, yet poignant note. The illustrations mesh perfectly with the text and were drawn using a purple ink that fits the mood of the tale. The book is moving, brimming with subtleties and charm. It is a treasure for any collection. Reviewer: Brandon West; Ages 12 up.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Barbara Johnston
Usually, Rose’s summer holiday at Awago Beach is full of happy family times, but this summer her mother, Alice, is tense and withdrawn. Rose’s father tries to compensate but Rose thinks her mother is upset because she wants another baby. Younger friend Windy is a good diversion and the two girls joke and talk about babies and “boobs” while they swim, play, and watch horror films on the sly. Duncan (Dud) is the summer crush and the girls overhear snippets of conversation that Dud’s girlfriend, Jenny, may be pregnant. When Jenny tries to drown herself, Rose’s mother races to save her. Rose eavesdrops as Alice finally opens up to Windy’s mother about her ongoing struggle over her miscarriage the previous summer. As the family departs, there are signs of healing and Rose’s growth toward maturity. Carefully chosen prose skillfully accentuates the novel’s dramatic art and readers will need to synthesize both for complete understanding; for example, Alice’s reaction to her husband’s kiss. While all the characters are boldly drawn, the young girls are remarkable. Slightly older Rose acts more guarded and reserved while the exuberant fireplug Windy is still child-like and open. The tweens’ frank and often humorous conversations and their jubilant fun together provide a counterpoint to the turmoil around them. Tamaki’s drawings of Awago Beach—the trees, stars, and the water—are outstanding. Some strong language and heavy topics, such as miscarriage, unwanted pregnancy, and parental turmoil, widen this novel’s appeal to readers of diverse maturity. Reviewer: Barbara Johnston; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
★ 05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Every summer, Rose and her parents vacation at a lakeside cottage. The rest of the world fades away as Rose reunites with her friend Windy and delves into leisurely games of MASH, swimming, and the joy of digging giant holes in the sand—but this summer is different. Rose is on the cusp of adolescence; she's not ready to leave childhood behind but is fascinated by the drama of the local teens who are only a few years older, yet a universe apart in terms of experience. They drink, they smoke, they swear. As Rose and Windy dip their toes into the mysterious waters of teen life by experimenting with new vocabulary ("sluts!") and renting horror movies, her parents struggle with their own tensions that seem incomprehensible to Rose. Layers of story unfurl gradually as the narrative falls into the dreamlike rhythm of summer. Slice-of-life scenes are gracefully juxtaposed with a complex exploration of the fragile family dynamic after loss and Rose's ambivalence toward growing up. The mood throughout is thoughtful, quiet, almost meditative. The muted tones of the monochromatic blue-on-white illustrations are perfectly suited to the contemplative timbre, and the writing and images deserve multiple reads to absorb their subtleties. 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. The story resolves with imperfect hope and will linger in readers' mind through changing seasons.—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-04-09
A summer of family drama, secrets and change in a small beach town.Rose's family has always vacationed in Awago Beach. It's "a place where beer grows on trees and everyone can sleep in until eleven," but this year's getaway is proving less idyllic than those of the past. Rose's parents argue constantly, and she is painfully aware of her mother's unhappiness. Though her friendship with Windy, a younger girl, remains strong, Rose is increasingly curious about the town's older teens, especially Dunc, a clerk at the general store. Jillian and Mariko Tamaki (Skim, 2008) skillfully portray the emotional ups and downs of a girl on the cusp of adolescence in this eloquent graphic novel. Rose waxes nostalgic for past summers even as she rejects some old pursuits as too childlike and mimics the older teens. The realistic dialogue and sensitive first-person narration convey Rose's naïveté and confusion, and Windy's comfort in her own skin contrasts with Rose's uncertainty. Both the text and art highlight small but meaningful incidents as readers gradually learn the truth behind the tension in Rose's family. Printed in dark blue ink, Jillian Tamaki's illustrations feature strong, fluid lines, and the detailed backgrounds and stunning two-page spreads throughout the work establish the mood and a compelling sense of place.Keenly observed and gorgeously illustrated—a triumph. (Graphic novel. 13 & up)
The New York Times Book Review - Susan Burton
This One Summer is a graphic novel for readers who appreciate the form, as well as for fans of traditionally told coming-of-age stories. If I worked at a bookstore, I'd be hand-selling it to customers who adored Raina Telgemeier's graphic memoir Smile but are now ready for more complex themes. Eagerly hand-selling it: This is a lovely book…It is as an observer that Rose makes herself seen. She is a watchful heroine…[and] proves herself to be as quietly powerful as this moving, evocative book.

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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Mariko Tamaki is a writer of comics and young adult novels. Her books include the graphic novels Skim and This One Summer with Jillian Tamaki, and Emiko Superstar with Steve Rolston. Her upcoming works include a YA novel, Saving Montgomery Sole, and a comic about teen lez heartbreak.

Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator and comics artist living in Toronto, Ontario. She is the creator of two books of personal works (Skim and This One Summer, with Mariko Tamaki) and the ongoing webcomic, SuperMutant Magic Academy.

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This One Summer 2.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 11 reviews.
daniel_H More than 1 year ago
The Tamaki cousins have delivered with a book that deals with very real life events from the perspective of adults intermittently, but more so from that of children who are in that transitioning age range of 10 through 12. An age that most readers have likely forgotten about in themselves. The story is told simply through the main characters internal dialogue, and conversations. It really is through the combination of the writing, and lush visuals that &quot;This One Summer&quot; becomes something so much more engaging to read, and admire.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Rose has been coming to Awago Beach with her family every summer since forever. Rose's summer cottage friend--and seasonal younger sister, of sorts--Windy, is always there waiting for a new vacation filled with fun and adventures. But nothing is quite the same as it was even last summer. Caught uncomfortably between the familiarity of childhood and the wholly unknown world of growing up, Rose isn't sure anymore where she fits in at Awago, with Windy, or even with her parents. In a summer filled with things left unsaid--with change lurking everywhere--Rose and Windy realize that even as life threatens to shift in a new direction things like friendship can remain rock solid in This One Summer (2014) by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. This One Summer received a whopping six starred reviews over the course of 2014. It is also the first graphic novel to ever win Canada's Governor General Award for Illustration in an English Language Children&rsquo;s Book (for illustrator Jillian Tamaki). (As Mahnaz Dar explains on SLJ this award has usually gone to picture books.) It's hard sometimes to remember that illustrations are a key part of the reading experience when looking at something that isn't a picture book. Graphic novels, of course, are uniquely suited to demonstrate a perfect blend of illustrative and textual storytelling. Given the ways in which readers interpret visual and written &quot;texts&quot;, it's sometimes hard to notice how well the two integrate. It is also, sometimes, too easy to ignore what is being done exceptionally well. This One Summer is a deceptive book due in part to the seamless integration of graphical and verbal storytelling. In doing everything so very well here--so effortlessly--the Tamakis often erase their own work. Instead of seeing the intricate line work in each full page spread, we first see a beautiful picture. Instead of paying attention to how changing panels and page design move the reader through the story as easily as through a storyboard for a film, we initially only notice how quickly this book can be read. Throughout the novel the Tamakis capitalize on the graphic novel format to push This One Summer in new directions and stretch just how a story can be told. The motion and physicality, particularly whenever Windy is on the page, becomes palpable with each new frame. The varied design as the story shifts between full page illustrations, two page spreads and smaller panels also serve to move the plot smoothly along. With intricate illustrations and a nuanced, meditative plot, This One Summer is a subtle story about growing up and facing change that will resonate with readers of any age long after they read the final page.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Spoilers ~ I'm wondering why some people are saying this book is trash or filth- Is it because lesbians are mentioned, or there's teen girl who gets pregnant? Are you referring to the mothers miscarriage? Is it because the book has F bombs? That's life people, and kids are exposed to it everyday. The book isn't trash, it's a nice story and kept me entertained. It's not the best I've read, but it wasn't terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic graphic novel by my favorite team, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. It is beautifully written and the art is so well done. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of this story is very vague and leave a lot left unsaid to the characters in the enviornment. They have mostly inner thoughts or reflections on events that already happened. That being said, the artwork is beautiful and this is a coming of age story is a very indirect way. This is not a traditonal young girls grow up story and while I was not dying to read it more than once, I can see why the younger generations may be able to relate to its message.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
While the story was okay, the art was just beautiful and well done. Mostly liked this for that to be honest. But the story has its moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My trust in the integrity of the Newbery Medal has been shaken to the core by the filth in this book. As a teacher, I always told my parents they could trust the Newbery books to be something they could give to their children with confidence that it would be appropriate for their children to read. This book is disgusting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely inappropriate for my elementary school library! 2015 Caldecott Honor book filled with f--- words and inappropriate language!