Book Review: Serafina’s Promise

It’s been a wonderful, but incredibly busy semester around the LAII! I’m a little behind in getting out our monthly book reviews, but I finally have some time to get caught up! Here’s my review of April’s featured novel.

Serafina’s Promise
Written by Ann E. Burg
Published by Scholastic Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780545535649
Age Level: 10 and up

Book Summary:

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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¡Mira, Look!: Featured Author: Ann E. Burg

Ann BurgThis month we are featuring Ann E. Burg and her YA novel-in-verse, Serafina’s Promise (ages 10 and up). This is her second novel-in-verse after the highly acclaimed All the Broken Pieces.

Burg’s parents were artists, thus her childhood was enriched with music and poetry, setting up a foundation for her creative form of writing. She started exploring her local libraries at a young age, and knew that she wanted to write books since she was four years old. Burg worked as an English teacher for ten years before shifting the majority of her attention to writing novels, though she wrote many poems and stories before her first publication in 2003.

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Our Next Good Read. . .Serafina’s Promise

book.Serafinas-PromiseJoin us April 6th at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading Serafina’s Promise (ages 10 – 14) by Ann E. Burg.

Here’s a sneak peek into the book: (from Goodreads)

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 obstaclesstand 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.

Be sure to get entered in our drawing for a free copy of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post by March 29th!

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Book Giveaway!! Serafina’s Promise

Book-Giveaway-Seal_DraftWe’re giving away a copy of Serafina’s Promise (ages 10 – 14) written by Ann E. Burg.–our featured novel for April’s book group meeting!! Check out the following from Kirkus Reviews:

Eleven-year-old Serafina has a dream: to go to school and become a doctor. Yet her life outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is filled with urgent chores and responsibilities. A natural healer, Serafina has already witnessed the loss of baby brother Pierre to disease and hunger, wishing she could have done more to save him. Now Manman is about to have another baby. How will her family ever do without Serafina’s help or afford her school uniform? Burg uses gentle language and graceful imagery to create the characters that make up Serafina’s loving family—Papa, Manman and Gogo, her wise grandmother. (Sadly, Granpè was taken away long ago by the Tonton Macoutes.) Told in first-person verse appealing to both reluctant and passionate readers, the novel is woven with Haitian history, culture and Creole phrases. Readers will root for this likable heroine as she overcomes obstacles—poverty, family obligations, the catastrophic 2010 earthquake—in her effort to emulate her mentor, Antoinette Solaine, the physician who tried to save Pierre. The spirit of the text’s celebration of the power of determination, family, friendship and love is ably captured in Sean Quall’s delightful cover art. Lilting, lyrical and full of hope.

It looks like another interesting read–a great addition to any personal or classroom library! To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by March 29th.  Everyone who comments between February 23rd and March 29th will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you. Continue reading