This One Summer

This One Summer

Graphic Novel - 2014
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A New York Times bestseller
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
An Eisner Award Winner

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.

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Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781626720947
Branch Call Number: YA GRAPHIX TAM
Characteristics: 317 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tamaki, Jillian 1980-- Illustrator


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Olivia_H_ Jun 14, 2018

Rose always spent her summers with her parents at a lake house but this summer is different. Rose and her friend encounter problems, drama, and secrets in more ways than one.

Challenged for: Inappropriate languages and themes

This award winning graphic novel was challenged for the inclusion of LGBT characters and sexually explicit content, drug use, and profanity. "This One Summer" follows the journey into adolescence of Rose and her friend Windy, as they spend the summer holidays together in a small beach t... Read More »

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Laura_X Oct 05, 2017

Location of key challenge: various. Reason: sexual content, unsuited to age group.

Laura_X Apr 24, 2015

Congratulations to Jillian and Mariko Tamaki for "This One Summer". It has been announced as this year's Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Book of the Year. Honour books in the category are: The Gospel Truth / Caroline Pignat, and The Voice Inside My Head / S.J. Laidlaw.

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Jul 31, 2020

I think the illustrations are nice, but I didn't enjoy the story. It is filled with harsh language and mature subject matter. I don't recommend.

Jul 30, 2020

I feel like I'm really undetermined on this book. I didn't completely love it, but I didn't completely hate it either. I think I'm just neutral when it comes to this graphic novel. This book centers around 2 girls who are 'Summer Time Friends." They only meet up during the summer while their families vacation at their lake cabins. The two girls have spent many summers together, but this is the first summer where the girls are 'coming of age,' their bodies are changing and they are starting to notice boys for the first time. They are a little bit older and a little bit more aware of things, like their parents fighting and societal views of women. This graphic novel was very unique in the fact that it's told from a child's eyes on the cusp of being a teenager, which I haven't really seen done in this particular way before. Although I did think this graphic novel was unique, I didn't really feel like it was groundbreaking or anything that really left an impact on my life. I know this graphic novel has won a Caldecott Award and a Micheal L. Printz award. I think I need to reread this book, I feel like I missed an important message in this book, since it has won multiple awards! Let me know in the comments if you've read this book, what did I miss? I really wasn't impressed enough to say this book deserved multiple awards.

JCLFlanneryC Mar 19, 2020

"This One Summer" captures the frustrated feelings of early adolescence, when everything happens around you but nothing happens to you. A slow and subtle book elevated by Jillian Tamaki's illustrations which communicate so perfectly what it's like to listen, to watch, and wait. Her attention to the elements, the passage of time, etc., all give this book the lazy, sun-drunk feeling of summer, and the nowhere, no-one feeling of being thirteen and absolutely hating it. This may disappoint readers hoping for something high drama but if you can stand it, "This One Summer" has the languorous pace and moody mise en scene of a French new wave film. Lovely and highly recommended.

JCLBrittanyC Nov 01, 2019

The summary of this graphic describes Rose and her family heading to a
beach house each summer, but this one is unlike the rest. Rose’s parents are
constantly fighting while she finds herself caught up in a small beach town
tragedy. Now, when I read that, I was fired up; oh the drama, what could it
be! But in actually reading the graphic, I was quite disappointed. It didn’t
quite have the drama I was hoping for, and the parts that did grab my
attention left me wanting more. I would say you could skip this one if you had
it on your list.

Oct 17, 2019

Wonderful art, well written. I too think it's a great summer read. I enjoyed it a lot and would read it again.

Oct 09, 2019

The art in this novel was beautiful and did a great job of transporting you into Awago Beach. I felt really disappointed that there was barely any plot, turning points, or climax. So much was set up in the beginning but then barely anything happened?? I liked how the book brought up how everyone has their own problems, some being harder than others. You don't know what others are going through and how deeply it affects their actions.

Aug 16, 2019

I loved both the story and the illustrations in this graphic novel. The subject matter was heavy, but the author handled it beautifully and created a captivating narrative. The beautiful artwork drew me in, and the story kept me going to the end. The story had swearing, the difficulties of parenting, the hardships of teens and the sorrows of miscarriage, and I recommend this book to teens of all ages.

Jun 28, 2019

When I first saw this book, I thought that it would be a boring read. In truth, it was incredible. This is the first graphic novel that I read with swearing and mature subject matter. It captures those awkward years, and difficult family issues, with a seasoning of humour. And in the end, Rose and Windy's summer does not become a bummer after all.

ArapahoeChrisP May 21, 2019

Really enjoyed this one! Captures awkward adolescence pretty well. Good for both boys and girls.

Feb 08, 2019

This book really seemed to capture the feel of being 11. The artwork was gorgeous.

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Aug 01, 2014

Coarse Language: Stronger language than the typical teen graphic novel (including F- and S-words) but it's used realistically.

Aug 01, 2014

Sexual Content: Sex isn't actually depicted, but it's discussed frequently among the two heroines. An unplanned pregnancy plays a very important role to the sub-plot and the father and his friends treat the pregnant girl cruelly. Birth control is also frequently mentioned.


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Jul 09, 2015

Two young teens reunite for another summer vacation, only with this vacation, they experience darker tones coming from older teens and adults around them.


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