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Serafina's Promise
by Ann E. Burg


Overview - A luminous novel in verse from the author of the Jefferson Cup award winner ALL THE BROKEN PIECES.

Serafina has
a secret dream.
She wants to go to school
and become a doctor
with her best friend, Julie Marie.
But in their rural village
outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
many obstacles
stand in Serafina s way--
little money,
never-ending chores,
and Manman s worries.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A luminous novel in verse from the author of the Jefferson Cup award winner ALL THE BROKEN PIECES.

Serafina has
a secret dream.
She wants to go to school
and become a doctor
with her best friend, Julie Marie.
But in their rural village
outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti,
many obstacles
stand in Serafina s way--
little money,
never-ending chores,
and Manman s worries.
More powerful even
than all of these
are the heavy rains
and the shaking earth
that test Serafina s resolve
in ways she never dreamed.
At once heartbreaking and hopeful,
this exquisitely crafted story
will leave a lasting impression
on your heart."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780545535649
  • ISBN-10: 0545535646
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 299
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - Caribbean & Latin America

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Burg follows her debut, All the Broken Pieces, with this quieter yet compelling novel in verse about sensitive, ambitious 11-year-old Serafina, who lives in poverty in rural Haiti with her cheerful, compassionate father; hardworking, tightlipped mother; and wise grandmother, Gogo. Mourning the recent death of her baby brother while anxiously awaiting the birth of a new sibling, Serafina tries to please and help her family. Inspired by the female doctor who tended to her brother, she harbors a longing to attend school: “In the quiet,/ my own heart beat/ its unspoken secret./ I promised myself/ that one day/ I would be a real doctor.” Burg’s understated free verse—liberally sprinkled with Haitian Creole phrases—gains power as Serafina’s family is displaced by a flood, which is cruelly followed by the 2010 earthquake; the author skillfully weaves in information about the country’s traumatic history in a way that makes it personally significant to Serafina. While Serafina’s circumstances differ dramatically from those of most readers, her conflicting emotions about family dynamics and friendship, and her struggle to assert her aspirations, will resonate with many. Ages 10–14. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Oct.)

 
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