Scholastic Press

December 2013

$22.99 AU

300p hc

ISBN: 978-0545549943

Serafina's Promise

Ann E. Burg

from Scholastic...

Serafina has a secret dream. She and her best friend, Julie Marie, want to go to school and become doctors, like the amazing Antoinette Solaine who tried so hard to save baby Pierre. 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 novel-in-verse will leave a lasting impression long after the last page is turned.

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Serafina is a very small girl with a very big heart who lives in rural Haiti with her parents. She and her best friend Julie Marie dream of one day becoming doctors and opening a clinic together, but school is expensive, and between collecting water, doing chores, caring for sick baby brothers and dealing with storms, Serafina wonders if she’ll ever get to go to school.

This book was extremely moving for a book in verse of only three hundred pages, which demonstrates the quality of the book and the writing. This book did not disappoint. I recommend that everyone above the age of ten should read it. There is so much sadness, yet so much hope. I couldn’t put it down!

Juliette, age 14, Canberra, Australia

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