This One Summer

Graphic novel, co-created with Mariko Tamaki

Published in Spring 2014 by First Second Books (USA) and Groundwood Books (Canada).

Softcover, ISBN: 978-1-59643-774-6
320 pages
Ages 13 and up

Gina Gagliano (US/World): Gina.Gagliano @ macmillan.com
Cindy Ma (Canada): cma @ groundwoodbooks.com



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. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.

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 spend 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 Rose’s father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn.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.

Selected Awards

New York Times Bestseller PB GN

2014 Governor General’s Award (illustration)

2015 Caldecott Honor Book

2015 Printz Award

New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2014

2015 Eisner Award

2015 Canadian Library Association YA Book Award

New York Times Editor’s Choice, 6/22

LA Times Book Awards Finalist

BCCB Blue Ribbon Title

SLJ Best Book of the Year

Kirkus Best of the Year

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens

ALSC Notable Book

Booklist Editor’s Choice Title

Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

Horn Book Fanfare Title

The Onion AV Club Best of the Year

Kirkus Best of the Year

Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth

Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize