This One Summer

This graphic novel written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature (illustrated books).

Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

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.

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 Rose's father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn.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. (From House of Anansi Press)

Jillian Tamaki won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustrated books for This One Summer, and Mariko Tamaki was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — text.

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