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 obstacle... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Brothers and sisters, Novels in verse, Earthquakes, Haiti, Family life - Haiti
||Children's General Non-Fiction
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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 school 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.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Commended for Americas Award for Children & Young Adult Literature (Children/Young Adult) 2014
Commended for Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) (Fiction) 2013
Commended for Cybils (Middle Grade Fiction) 2013
Short-listed for Garden State Children's Book Awards (Fiction) 2016
Short-listed for Georgia Children's Book Award (Children's Book) 2015
||ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adults<br><br><br>Praise and Reviews for ALL THE BROKEN PIECES: <br><br>Jefferson Cup award winner<br><br>BOOKLIST Editors' Choice<br><br>ALA Best Books for Young Adults<br><br>IRA Notable Book for a Global Society<br><br><br><br>* [A] stirring debut novel . . . will make readers want to rush to the end and then return to the beginning again to make connections between past, present, friends and enemies. --BOOKLIST, starred review<br><br><br><br>* The verse form carries highly charged emotions and heavy content with elegiac simplicity. --KIRKUS, starred review<br><br><br><br>* Using spare free verse, first-time novelist Burg beautifully evokes the emotions of a Vietnamese adoptee as he struggles to come to terms with his past. --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review<br><br><br><br>. ..the story is a lovely, moving one. --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL<br><br>
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