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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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Unbalanced on the Brink: Adolescent Girls and the Discovery of the Self in Skim and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Unbalanced on the Brink: Adolescent Girls and the Discovery of the Self in Skim and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

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(p.191) 12 Unbalanced on the Brink: Adolescent Girls and the Discovery of the Self in Skim and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults
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Marni Stanley

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0013

This chapter presents a reading of Skim (2008) and This One Summer (2014) by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Both novels feature adolescent protagonists hovering at crucial points of development. Together with emotional issues, both Skim and This One Summer engage with a number of social issues, namely race, while demonstrating the ways in which race intersects with other ideas of difference, such as sexuality. Race is more prominent in Skim where the protagonist, Kim, is half-Japanese and half-Caucasian and attends a school with little racial diversity. In This One Summer, alterity is created by race, class, and geography, but also by age. The novel reflects the trope of a community invaded by vacationing outsiders who bring their big city views and judgments into a semi-rural space.

Keywords:   Skim, This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, adolescent girls, race, alterity

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