The Greatest Thing
Author: Sarah Winifred Searle
With breathtaking art and honest storytelling, Sarah Winifred Searle delivers a moving graphic novel about love, self-acceptance, and the life-saving power of teen friendships.
It's the first day of her sophomore year, and Winifred is going to reinvent herself. This isn’t by choice—she was perfectly comfortable with the way things were when she was a freshman and a member of a well-established three-person clique. But now that her two best (and only) friends have transferred to a
private school, Win must navigate high school on her own.
But she isn’t alone for long. In art class, she meets two offbeat students, Oscar and April. They don’t look or act like the typical teenagers in her small New England town: They’re creative, a little rebellious, and seem comfortable in their own skin in a way that Win can only dream of. Through clandestine sleepovers, thrift store shopping, and zine publishing, Winifred finally breaks out of her shell. But there’s one secret she can’t bear
to admit to April and Oscar, or even to herself—and this lie is threatening to destroy her newfound friendships.
In The News
"Sarah Winifred Searle's comics look the way I wish the world did. She combines raw emotions with gorgeous artwork to create stories full of feeling, intention, and heart. Give this book to the teens in your life."
—Tillie Walden, author of Spinning and Are You Listening?
"Raw and beautiful. A story that finds the tiny holes in your heart, tears them wide open, and puts in hope. Searle's art and mastery of the medium shines. I wish I had this book as a teen."
—Colleen AF Venable, author of Kiss Number 8