Sunday, September 7, 2014

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

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.

My thoughts:
This was a nice change of pace, a graphic novel about two girls who are growing up, but are still kids. They like to swim and play on the beach, but try to show how fearless they are by renting horror movies from the corner store.  While there they overhear the gossip and worries the older teens are going through and make up their own story about what is really happening with the group of locals at Awago Beach.  Sometimes kids don't have all the pieces of the story, either at home or out in public, and to see what they come up with in place of the facts is interesting and compelling.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596437746
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer and performer. In addition to her celebrated graphic novel Skim, co-created with Jillian Tamaki, she has also published several works of prose fiction and nonfiction, including the young adult novel (You) Set Me on Fire. Mariko's short film Happy 16th birthday Kevin premiered at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto in May 2013. Her most recent graphic novel is This One Summer, with Jillian Tamaki.
Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator and comics artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the creator of two books of personal works (including Skim, with Mariko Tamaki), and the ongoing webcomic, Super Mutant Magic Academy. Her most recent graphic novel is This One Summer, with Mariko Tamaki.

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