Serafina's Promise by Ann E BurgSerafina's Promise by Ann E Burg

Serafina's Promise

byAnn E Burg

Paperback | July 28, 2015

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NAACP Image Award winner and ALA Notable, this luminous, celebrated novel in verse is now in paperback.

Serafina made a secret promise
to go to school and learn to read
so she can become a doctor
with her best friend, Julie Marie.

But following her dream isn't easy-
endless chores, little money
and stomach-rumbling hunger
all test her resolve.

When an earthquake hits
and separates Serafina
from friends and family,
she encounters her biggest test of all.

Serafina made a secret promise.
Will she survive to keep it?

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
Title:Serafina's PromiseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.59 × 5.28 × 0.74 inPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545535670

ISBN - 13:9780545535670

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Serafina's Promise"A lush narrative bouquet, filled with blooms of quiet verse, rhythmic Creole, and Haitian proverbs and sayings that capture life's poignancy and hardships." -Booklist "Serafina, always the healer, rises above obstacles and hardship, keeping her dreams and her promises close at hand. A powerful and uplifting story of family and sacrifice, perfect even for reluctant readers" -School Library Journal"The verse format is well suited to Serafina's thought patterns, as she moves in and out of present narration, snippets of memory, and sensory descriptions; it also makes the novel very accessible to younger readers who will easily follow the short lines." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books