This One Summer

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This One Summer
This One Summer Book Cover.jpg
Author Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
Country United States
Language English
Genre Graphic Novel
Published 2014
Publisher First Second
ISBN 9781626720947

This One Summer is a graphic novel written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki published by First Second Books in 2014. It is a coming of age story about two pre-teen friends, Rose and Windy, during a summer in Awago, a small beach town. Mariko Tamaki based the town of Awago on a place in Canada her family used to visit.[1]


Rose has been coming to a cottage in Awago every summer and meeting her summer friend, Windy, as long as she can remember.[2] Rose is about eighteen months older than Windy and is the narrator of the story.[3] This summer, they start to explore their interest in boys and pay attention to the emotional lives of adults around them.[2] Most of the adults and teenagers in the village (and in their families) are a "rogues' gallery of sad and burnt-out would-be role models."[3]


Jodi Chromey from Minnesota Reads called the art, which is done all in shades of blue, "gorgeous."[2] The Horn Book Magazine states that Jillian Tamaki's "rigorously composed, kinetic drawings teem with psychological nuance and action."[3] Kirkus Reviews wrote that "Jillian and Mariko skillfully portray the emotional ups and downs of a girl on the cusp of adolescence."[4] This One Summer won both a 2015 Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor award.[5] It also won the 2015 Eisner Award and the 2014 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel.[6] According to The New York Times, the book is a graphic novel for fans of coming-of-age stories with more complex themes and is a lovely book.


In 2016, libraries in Minnesota and Florida removed This One Summer from their shelves after parents complained of the book's use of profanity and mature themes. After the incident in Florida in February, Mariko Tamaki said that the book is “listed as being for readers ranging 12–18”, and “contains depictions of young people talking about, and dealing with, adult things." However, she stated that she thinks it is an important book for young people. The removals from libraries have been challenged by the National Coalition Against Censorship.[7]


  1. ^ Burton, Susan (13 June 2014). "Drawn to the Shore". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Chromey, Jodi (4 August 2015). "'This One Summer' Lives Up to the Hype". Min Reads. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Marcus, Leonard S. (July 2015). "Some Vacation: This One Summer". Horn Book Magazine. 91 (4): 61–64. Retrieved 24 August 2015. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ "This One Summer". Kirkus Reviews. 82 (9): 110. May 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2015. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ Foxe, Steve (3 February 2015). "Mariko and Jillian Tamaki On Their Multiple Award-Winning This One Summer". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  6. ^ Reid, Calvin (11 July 2015). "'This One Summer' Wins Eisner for Best Graphic Novel". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  7. ^ Alison Flood, Minnesota school's ban on graphic novel draws free-speech protests, The Guardian, 25 May 2016.

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