Serafina's Promise

Serafina's Promise

by Ann E. Burg


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545535649
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 655,167
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Ann Burg's debut novel, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES, was named a Jefferson Cup award winner and an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, among its many honors. Burg worked as an English teacher for ten years before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with her family. You can visit her online at

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Serafina's Promise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MI_Reader More than 1 year ago
It takes a special reader to enjoy a novel in verse, one who loves poetry and the lyrical sound of the language of the story. Serafina's Promise has an underlying strength that helps capture the strength and spirit of Serafina herself. Her sense of family and country along with following her dreams makes her a true heroine, even before the other disasters she must face, including flooding and earthquakes and death. How she perseveres living in the poverty and sorrow she faces is truly remarkable. It is a beautiful book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a judge for the Cybils. All opinions are my own.
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