Harriet Flores struggles with boredom and an unrequited crush while learning to manage her chronic illness through a long, hot, 1990s summer in Chicago. She uses her imagination to cope, which sometimes gets her into trouble, as she makes up fantastical fibs and wonders if there are ghosts upstairs. One neighbor, Pearl, encourages Harriet to read and write, leading Harriet to have a breakthrough and discover the power of storytelling.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Fiction, Graphic Novels|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Number of Pages||176|
“Searle tackles Harry’s anxiety about her illness as well as common adolescent concerns about friendships, school, and family with honesty and tenderness that will resonate with readers.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
“The wide-eyed, expressive characters and reassuring art are well suited to this introspective narrative.”—School Library Journal
“Sincerely, Harriet reads like a love letter to a younger self—an invitation to be kinder, more patient, more open to possibility. It handles its subjects with grace and understanding, all woven together with stunningly beautiful art.”—Kate Leth, author of Power Up and Spell on Wheels
“Thoughtfully and lovingly illustrated, Sarah W. Searle deftly weaves together a gentle tale about chronic illness, and the power of storytelling to bridge gaps between people across social and generational divides.”—Melanie Gillman, author of As the Crow Flies
“Sincerely, Harriet is a relatable, empathetic story about a girl in the midst of a transitional summer. A sweet and subtle story, Searle’s characters are so lovingly rendered that it’s impossible not to be immediately drawn in.”—Molly Ostertag, author of The Witch Boy
Author, Illustrator: Sarah Winifred Searle
Sarah Winifred Searle originally hails from spooky New England but currently lives in sunny Perth, Australia. She's known for graphic memoirs and fiction inspired by history and the connections between people. When she isn't writing and drawing comics, Sarah's favorite things are planning Dungeons & Dragons adventures with her partner, rainy day cuddles with their foster cats, and naming the lizards and bugs that live in their garden. Find out more at swinsea.com.