about the book
Serafina, an eleven-year-old girl from Haiti, lives with her cheerful and hardworking father; her often tight-lipped mother; and Gogo, her wise grandmother. Serafina narrates her story in verse.
Recently, the family has been rocked by the death of Serafina’s younger brother, but hope is on the way as her mother is pregnant once again. One good thing came out of her brother’s death: Serafina saw the compassion and wisdom of the female doctor who tried to save her brother’s life, and now she secretly wants to go to school and become a doctor herself:
“In the quiet, / my own heart beat / its unspoken secret. / I promised myself / that one day / I would be a real doctor.”
However, the heavy rains and earthquakes may stop her dreams before they get off the ground.
about the author
Born in New York, Ann Burg lived her early years in Brooklyn. She spent her time writing and reading, especially poetry. When she was eight, her family moved to New Jersey and her love of poetry came with her.
Ann studied education in college and became an English teacher. She taught for ten years and in her spare time, wrote and published articles for newspapers in New Jersey and New York.
With the support of her husband Marc, and her son and daughter, Ann left teaching and started writing full-time. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that, even if she was never published, she would still be a writer.
Ann now lives in Albany, New York.
Also by Ann E. Burg:
All the Broken Pieces. Scholastic. 2009.
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It is 1944 and the Nazis occupy Florence, Italy. The Italian Resistance is still alive and well. Young Paolo and his sister Constanza find themselves helping to oppose the German forces, using only the one bicycle they share between themselves. But what can one bicycle do against the German army?
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
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All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
Two years ago it was 1975 and Matt Pin was in Vietnam, watching the bombs fall. Now he has been adopted by an American family, but this only forces him to confront his past all the more—and the guilt about leaving behind his little brother and their mother. When will he stop seeing his broken, blasted village in his dreams?