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Mariko Tamaki

Biography

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a writer of comics and young adult novels.  Her books include the graphic novels SKIM and THIS ONE SUMMER with Jillian Tamaki, and EMIKO SUPERSTAR with Steve Rolston.  Her upcoming works include a YA novel, SAVING MONTGOMERY SOLE, and a comic about teen lez heartbreak. www.marikotamaki.com

Mariko Tamaki

Books by Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki with illustrations by Joelle Jones - Children's 10+, Children's 10-14, Comic Books, Fiction, Superhero , Young Adult 10+, Youth Fiction

She's super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams --- shattered glimpses of another world --- behind her. Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale...and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried.

by Mariko Tamaki - Family, Gay & Lesbian, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don't even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren't for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High's Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects. Then there's the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help her predict the future or fight back against the ignorant jerks who make fun of Thomas for being gay or Monty for having lesbian moms? Maybe the Eye is here just in time, because the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym.

by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. 

words by Mariko Tamaki drawings by Jillian Tamaki - Manga

The time is the early 1990s, the setting a girls' academy in Toronto. Enter "Skim," aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but Skim does just that after secret meetings with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer. When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation, as her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double date for the school's semi-formal. Skim finds an unexpected ally in Katie.