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Groundwood Books

This One Summer

Created by Mariko Tamaki • Created by Jillian Tamaki

For kids 13 years old | Published May 01, 2014 | ISBN 9781554981526

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

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 Rose’s father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn.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

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. Visit Mariko Tamaki's website: Visit Mariko Tamaki's blog: Follow Mariko Tamaki on Twitter:

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she now lives in New York City, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts. She has published two books of personal work and one graphic novel, Skim, with Mariko Tamaki. Visit Jillian Tamaki's website: Visit Jillian Tamaki's blog: Check out Jillian's webcomic: Follow Jillian on Twitter:

Awards and Praise
The book is poignant and melancholy, and it will be swiftly recognizable to those who only recently hovered at the cusp of adolescence.
  • Winner Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album, 2015
  • Short-listed Doug Wright Award for Best Book, 2015
  • Winner CLA Young Adult Book Award, 2015
  • Commended Randolph Caldecott Honor Book, 2015
  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Young Readers, 2014
  • Commended New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, 2014
  • Commended Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • Commended Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, Honor Book, 2015
  • Winner Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, 2014
  • Winner CBC Bookie Award for Best Young Adult Novel, 2015
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