By Burg, Ann E.
A luminous novel in verse from the author of the Jefferson Cup award winner ALL THE BROKEN PIECES. In a rural village outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family as they await the arrival of the new baby. But what Serafina wants most of all is to go to s...chool like her friend Nadia, and to become a doctor like Antoinette Solaine, who tried to save her baby brother, Pierre. Why does Maman only care about work? Doesn't she know that education is the road to freedom? If only she understood Serafina better. And then the devastating earthquake hits, and Serafina discovers that she must find understanding in her own heart. This tender, transcendent novel in verse is about much more than a terrible natural disaster. It is about a young girl's passion and struggle to rise up from extreme poverty. It is about friendship, family, time-old tensions between tradition and ambition, and a colorful and distinctive culture (Haitian Creole) that is little written about in children's literature. Most of all, it is about hope, and its power to prevail over any adversity.Read more
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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 www.annburg.com
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