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Young Adult Fiction Coming Of Age

Almost Summer 1

by (author) Sophie Bédard

translated by Helge Dascher & Robin Lang

Pow Pow Press
Initial publish date
May 2017
Coming of Age, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
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"Worth a binge read."
-- Anisa Rawhani, Broken Pencil

Anthony's in love with Emily who's got a crush on Raph and Matthew has a thing for Jennifer while Michelle's head over heels for... Well, you get the picture. Almost Summer is high school at its finest, which means it's high school at its worst: Awkward romances, boring jobs, nosy parents, gym class, exams, and endless homework. No heavy-handed, forced drama here--but rather an honest and funny account of what high school life really feels like when you're in the middle of it. An engaging, entertaining portrait of friendship, love, and everything in-between that will have readers young and old cracking up in recognition.

About the authors

Sophie Bédard completed studies in graphic design before launching her breakthrough webcomic Almost Summer at just 19 years old. She then went on to earn a BA in sexology prior to starting Lonely Boys, winner of the Doug Wright Award for Best Book in 2021. She lives in Montreal with her cat Jacques and hopes that obtaining a degree will not become a prerequisite for every new book she writes. She often posts comics and illustrations on her tumblr page:

Sophie Bédard's profile page

Helge Dascher has for 25 years translated texts with a dynamic relationship to images. A background in art history and literature has grounded her translation of over sixty graphic novels, many by artists who have broadened the medium's storytelling range. Her translations included acclaimed titles such as Julie Delporte's This Woman's Work (co-translated with Aleshia Jensen, Drawn and Quarterly, 2019), Sophie Bédard's Lonely Boys (co-translated with Robin Lang, Pow Pow Press, 2020) and Michel Rabagliati's "Paul" books (Drawn and Quarterly, Conundrum). She also translates exhibitions, digital stories, and films, most recently Theodor Ushev's The Physics of Sorrow (with Karen Houle, NFB, 2019). A Montrealer, she works from French and German to English.

Helge Dascher's profile page

Robin Lang's profile page


  • Nominated, Bédéis Causa - Best Book
  • Nominated, Bédélys Award - Best Book- Québec
  • Nominated, Bédéis Causa - Best Debut Book

Editorial Reviews

"Sophie Bédard has a style that I can only call 'compulsively readable'... Almost Summer just aches with inchoate desire, frustrated dreams, and the endless possibilities of youth."
--Rob Clough, High-Low

"Worth a binge read."
-- Anisa Rawhani, Broken Pencil

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