Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545535670 Paperback
304 Pages | 5.28" x 7.59" | Ages 12 & Up
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545535649 Hardcover
304 Pages | 5.39" x 8.3" | Ages 10 to 14
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545549943 Ebook
304 Pages | Ages 10 to 14
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?
Raves & reviews:
"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