This One Summer

By, Makio Tamaki

About the book

Written by, Makio Tamaki

Illustrations by, JIllian Tamaki

Published by, First Second


2015 Caldecott Honor Book
2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

ISBN: 159643774X


Every summer Rose her mom and her dad go to Awago Beach and stay at their cabin. Rose's friend Wendy lives there too and is like a little sister to Rose. But this summer is not like the rest. Rose's Parents are fighting with each other and Wendy and Rose find distractions from the chaos at the cabin. But while they are they find them selves in their own problems. Rose and Wendy learn about growing up, secrets and how to be there for each other when times get rough.

The cover of the book makes it look like it would be about two girls having a fun summer with getting into some trouble. Which it is, but there is a twist that makes the story come together and leaves a message that life isn't all smooth sailing, but when something does happen there will be someone to help you out. The illustrations were very beautiful and the color scheme of blue,purple and white made the book stand out from the rest.

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Sources Cited

Kahn, Jilliet. "A Conversation With 'This One Summer' Artist Jillian Tamaki." Comics Alliance. N.p., 3 Nov. 2014. Web. 05 Jan. 2016.

Piehl, Norah. "This One Summer Review." Teen Reads. N.p., 7 May 2014. Web. 4 Jan. 2016.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki. Digital image. Goodreads. N.p., 28 Feb. 2008. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.

"THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki , Jillian Tamaki , Jillian Tamaki | Kirkus Reviews." Kirkus Reviews. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2016.

"Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir Paperback – September 2, 2014." Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir (9781936976553): Liz Prince: Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.