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Serafina's Promise

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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.

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"In this novel in verse, the author of the acclaimed All the Broken Pieces (2009) uses a lush narrative bouquet, filled with blooms of quiet verse, rhythmic Creole, and Haitian proverbs and sayings that capture life’s poignancy and hardships, including a message that Serafina has learned from an early age: 'If you want your eggs to hatch, sit on them yourself.' In Burg’s lyrical tale, Serafina is a force of nature in her own right who carries her family, friends, and dreams to safe ground." -- Gail Bush, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 14
Author Ann E. Burg
ISBN 0545535646
Publication Date Sep 24, 2013
Publisher Scholastic Press
Award Winners Parents’ Choice Award
Language English