Sincerely, Harriet (changed from working title Thimble) is a quiet middle grade graphic novel about the power of storytelling slated for release by Lerner Publishing’s Graphic Universe imprint on January 1st, 2019 (or May 7th for paperback).
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.
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