Illustrator: Sarah Winifred Searle
Publisher: Lerner PG - Graphic Universe
Harriet, a shy, reserved teenager, has moved to a small apartment in Chicago with her parents. While her mother and father work long hours Harriet spends the hot summer holidays stuck inside, her only company being the TV and her overactive imagination. She writes postcards to the friends she left behind at summer camp sending them lies about the action-packed life she wishes she had. After Harriet gets to know the building’s elderly owner, Pearl, she soon discovers the secrets hidden on the third floor, and finds a kindred spirit in a past resident. This is a confident graphic novel about a teenager just beginning to learn who she is. The story tackles themes of chronic illness, vulnerability, identity, loneliness and friendship. The characters and settings are carefully rendered and coloured, making this domestic drama feel true-to-life.