This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

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6 Critic Reviews

She is a watchful heroine — so much so that when, at the end of the story, she plays a role in a heroic act, it is precisely because she has been looking so closely. She proves herself to be as quietly powerful as this moving, evocative book.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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.

 

About Mariko Tamaki

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Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian artist and writer. Best known for her 2008 graphic novel Skim, written with Jillian Tamaki, she has also published several works of both traditional written fiction and nonfiction. marikotamaki.blogspot.comJillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comics artist. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches at the School of Visual Arts and makes illustrations for magazines, newspapers, websites, and books. She is known for her embroideries on the Penguin "Threads" cover series, as well as the acclaimed graphic novel Skim, co-created with Mariko Tamaki. jilliantamaki.com 
 
Published May 6, 2014 by First Second. 320 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for This One Summer
All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 09 2014

...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.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 17 2014

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.”

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Susan burton on Jun 13 2014

She is a watchful heroine — so much so that when, at the end of the story, she plays a role in a heroic act, it is precisely because she has been looking so closely. She proves herself to be as quietly powerful as this moving, evocative book.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Anna Fitzpatrick on May 23 2014

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. The story is slow burning, matching the tempo of long, lethargic summer days...Deciding to present the story in a graphic novel format allows us to inhabit the worlds of the characters outside of their minds.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 17 2014

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...Fine characterization and sensitive prose distinguish the story, too...

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Anna Fitzpatrick on May 23 2014

Jillian’s full page illustrations are engrossing as Rose is a speck in the distance, small against the world that wants to envelop her.

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