Sincerely, Harriet

Sincerely, Harriet is a quiet middle grade graphic novel about the power of storytelling that was released by Lerner Publishing’s Graphic Universe imprint on May 7th, 2019.

Harriet Flores, a thirteen-year-old only child, finds herself alone, bored, and stuck at her family’s new apartment after a move from rural Indiana to Chicago. While learning how to manage the change of scenery, a one-sided pen-pal situation, and a health issue she’s trying not to think about, Harriet uses her imagination to deal––for better and for worse. She creates a more vivid world inside the apartment by deciding that the place is haunted, the mailman is up to something, and her elderly landlady has stored a dark secret on the unoccupied top floor. Only after Harriet forms a bond with the landlady, a retired librarian named Pearl, does she begin to truly understand the power of storytelling. But maybe she wasn’t wrong about something being trapped upstairs…

SINCERELY, HARRIET follows Harriet across a restless late summer in 1996, exploring her first crush (which just happens to be on a girl), chronic illness, and different ways to be a storyteller. Graphic Universe, an imprint of Lerner Publishing, will publish the book in spring of 2019.

See the official announcement on the A.V. Club, cover reveal on Women Write About Comics, and Paste Magazine interview for more information! Buy now via your favorite local booksellers.

Author: Sarah Winifred Searle
Editor: Greg Hunter
Designer: Danielle Carnito

Honors & Fanfare

Silver winner, 2020 Ledger Awards

Starred review at Kirkus Reviews

2019 Ignatz Awards nominee for Outstanding Story

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle-Grade Graphic Novels of 2019

ALA YALSA 2020 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Denver Library’s Best & Brightest Graphic Novels of 2019

2019 Top Titles from Lerner

2020 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards finalist

Black Eyed Susan Book Awards, 2021 nominee

2020 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Honor: Overfloweth Book, 2020