Title: Serafina's Promise
Author: Ann E. Burg
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
AR Levels: TBD
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17270515-serafina-s-promise
In a nutshell: Serafina lives in a rural village in Haiti. She longs to go to school so she can pursue her dream of being a doctor. Her family cannot afford to send her to school, but a natural disaster changes their fate, and through adversity, Serafina may find a way to make her dream come true.
I'd recommend it for grades: 3 to 6
I'd recommend it to: fans of a feel-good story and students who enjoy learning about other cultures
What I liked most about this book: This verse novel is a quick, sweet read that features a charming main character. The descriptions of the setting are so vivid, you'll feel like you're walking the streets of her village with Serafina. Her passion for learning is contagious, and I think it could open the eyes of some first world kids and show them just how much of a blessing education really is. There's also a really nifty guide to Creole words and pronunciations at the end of the book.
Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): This line: "The only unbreakable home is one made from love." :)
Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 3 stars
*I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.