Sincerely, Harriet
Sincerely, Harriet
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Annotation: In 1996 Chicago, thirteen-year-old Harriet Flores, living with boredom, loneliness, and a chronic illness, lets her imagination run wild--with mixed results--and learns about the power of storytelling.
Catalog Number: #176524
Format: Library Binding
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 176 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-512-44019-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-512-44019-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018014447
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Harriet Flores is an awkward, imaginative preteen who has just moved to Chicago. While her parents are at work, Harriet spends her days avoiding summer reading, writing postcards to camp friends who don't write back, and keeping her elderly downstairs neighbor, Pearl, company. Harriet helps Pearl assemble a family album and, in the process, discovers a photograph of Pearl's now-grown son. Pearl's son, who came down with polio in the 1950s epidemic, is pictured in a wheelchair. Harriet, who has a chronic illness, instantly feels a connection to him, and instead of writing to camp friends, she starts writing to him. Searle's artwork shows the characters' faces up close, centering the narrative around their intense, everyday emotions. The straightforward linework effectively captures old Chicago architecture. The warm color palette portrays Harriet's family's unwavering love, even when she feels lost and misunderstood. 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.
Kirkus Reviews
Searle writes and illustrates her first graphic novel for middle-grade readers.Whiling away the long
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Searle writes and illustrates her first graphic novel for middle-grade readers.Whiling away the long summer days alone in a new apartment in a new city, Harriet "Harry" Flores begins to spin stories. Perhaps the nice mail carrier has nefarious intentions for the neighborhood dogs. Maybe the house is haunted. The old woman who lives downstairs? Probably a murderer. Though her tales frustrate her parents, the escapism this storytelling offers seems to comfort Harry as she faces an uncertain future with a chronic illness. Begrudgingly, Harry begins to spend time with Pearl, the mysterious old woman from downstairs. Through that budding relationship, and the memories and books they share, Harry finds the courage to be honest with her parents and to face what lies ahead. The subtle absence of cellphones and computers as well as pop-culture references place the story in the 1990s, yet it feels incredibly current. The pacing is masterful as the truth behind Harry's many fears is slowly and poignantly revealed, maintaining the tension and mystery of each story thread until the tapestry is complete. Searle tackles Harry's anxiety about her illness as well as common adolescent concerns about friendships, school, and family with an honesty and tenderness that will resonate with readers. Harriet's biracial: Her mother is white while her father is Mexican; Pearl is black.Heartfelt and heartwarming, highlighting the power of story to both conceal and reveal. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)
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ALA Booklist (4/1/19)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Lexile: GN550L
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

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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