A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

English / USA

This one summer

Tamaki, Mariko (text)
Tamaki, Jillian (illus.)
New York: First Second, 2014. – 317 p.
ISBN 978-1-59643-774-6

Summer holiday – Coming of age –
Family conflict – Pregnancy 

Ever since Rose can remember, she and her parents have spent their summer holidays in the same cottage at Awago Beach. The young pre-teen used to savour the lazy rhythm in the small community. She loved the family barbecues, collecting stones, swimming in the ocean, and building sand castles with her summer friend Windy. However, this year, everything feels different: Rose’s mother is distant and depressed, her parents fight nonstop, and Rose, caught between childhood and adolescence, feels cranky and jittery. The text is comprised of a concise, evocative narrative and the lively and sometimes thoughtful dialogue between Rose and the other protagonists. The words and the detailed indigo-and-white illustrations create a unity of storyline and theme and easily conjure up the atmosphere of a hot summer filled with suspense and mysteries. This graphic novel tells a strong coming-of-age story that will draw in readers from the very first page. (Age: 12+)