Sincerely, Harriet

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

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.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Graphic Novels
Category Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 176
Publication Date 2019-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV015020, JUV051000, JUV039140
Dewey 741.5/973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 550
Guided Reading Level V
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

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


  • Black Eyed Susan Book Awards, Nominated, 2021
  • Excellence in Graphic Literature Award Middle Grade Fiction, Nominated, 2020
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Winner, 2020
  • 2020 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Honor: Overfloweth Book, Commended, 2020
  • Ledger Awards Silver, Winner, 2020
  • Ignatz Award Nominee, Nominated, 2019
  • Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book, Winner, 2019



“Middle-grade readers will relate to Harriet’s anxiety about fitting in and making friends, while also exploring subjects like ableism and intersectionality, which Searle depicts with grace and empathy.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“In her middle grade debut, comics creator Searle slowly unspools the story of a middle schooler living with multiple sclerosis.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“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

Molly Ostertag

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

Kate Leth

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

Melanie Gillman

“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