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
Laura Repas (Canada): laura @ anansi.ca


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 Rose’s father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn.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

New York Times

Kirkus (starred review)

Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

Booklist (starred review)

Horn Book (starred review)

Additional starred reviews (print-only):

  • BCCB Starred Review, 6/1
  • SLJ, Starred Review, 5/1

The New Yorker

Comic Book Resource


Boing Boing

National Post