Groundwood Books

This One Summer

Created by Jillian Tamaki • Created by Mariko Tamaki

For readers 13 years old | Published May 01, 2014 | ISBN 9781554981526
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General

Cover of This One Summer

Regular price $18.95 CAD

320 pages | 8.5 in × 6 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

This One Summer

Jillian Tamaki • Mariko Tamaki

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 Rose’s father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn.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.

About the Creators

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. Her books include Skim and This One Summer, both co-created with her cousin Mariko Tamaki; and SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless. She has contributed illustrations to some of the world’s top publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Guardian, and has taught at Parsons and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. www.jilliantamaki.com.

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a writer and performer. Her work includes the novella Cover Me, creative non-fiction collections True Lies and Fake ID, comics Emiko Superstar (with Steve Rolston) and Skim (with Jillian Tamaki), and the young adult novel (You) Set Me On Fire. Her debut as a screenwriter/actor, Happy 16th Birthday Kevin, premiered at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto in May 2013. Mariko’s stories have been broadcast on national radio and she has appeared on stages, in various incarnations of herself, across North America. Mariko can be found online at @marikotamaki and marikotamaki.blogspot.ca.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Young Readers, 2014
  • Commended Randolph Caldecott Honor Book, 2015
  • Commended New York Times Editor's Choice, 2014
  • Winner Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel, 2014
  • Short-listed Doug Wright Award for Best Book, 2015
  • Commended Boston Globe Best Young Adult Novels of the Year, 2014
  • Short-listed LA Times Prize for Best Graphic Novel/Comics, 2015
  • Commended OLA Best Bets (Young Adult Fiction), 2015
  • Winner Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, 2014
  • Commended Washington Post Top 10 Graphic Novels of the Year, 2014