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This One Summer

by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. New York, NY: First Second, 2014  

 

Told in warm prose and exquisitely drawn monochromatic blue images, This One Summer balances nostalgic summer traditions with harsh lessons of life. It's about two tween girls, local townie teens, and one family, who grapple with pains of growing up, deal with torments of depression, of wanted and unwanted pregnancies, and cope with the heartbreaks and hopes of life.

 

A New York Times bestseller, awards include: Eisner Award, Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year, Booklist Editors' Choice, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Caldecott Award Winner.

 

NOTE that some of the content is mature.

 

Grades 5-9

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