This One Summer

Tamaki, Jillian and Mariko. This One SummerFirst Second, New York, NYC, 2014.

This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki is a profound and bittersweet story about the complicated transition from childhood to adolescence.  It is the winner of the the 2015 Printz and Eisner Awards as well as a Caldecott Honor Book.  Main characters Rose and Windy are spending the summer with their families on Awago Beach, as they do every year.   But this summer is different.  They are growing up and facing difficult issues for the first time, from a first crush to teen pregnancy and attempted suicide.  Rose is navigating the changing relationships in her life, her parents are constantly fighting and she is caught up in the drama of the local older teens.  Jillian and Mariko Tamaki thoughtfully capture the intense and complex emotions of this age.  The beautiful illustrations are muted and minimally colored in dark blues and shades of purple.  This visually captivating graphic novel will appeal to young teenage girls, grades 6 – 12, who enjoy authentic coming of age stories.


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