Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012. $17.99, 512 pages.
Links to Author’s Website:
Links to Interviews with Author:
- YALSA Interview – http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2013/01/18/an-interview-with-morris-award-finalist-rachel-hartman/
- Mirth & Matter (Elizabeth C. Bunce) Interview – http://elizabethcbunce.livejournal.com/88120.html
- Booklist Online Interivew – http://www.booklistonline.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pid=5743379&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Links to Reviews Available Online:
- Kirkus review – https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/rachel-hartman/seraphina/
- School Library Journal blog review – http://blogs.slj.com/printzblog/2012/11/30/seraphina/
- Publishers Weekly review – http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-375-86656-2
Reader’s Annotation: Caught between a world of humans and dragons on the brink of war, Seraphina’s secret may be the key to saving the kingdom.
Sixteen year old Seraphina finds herself as the newest assistant to the royal court’s music composer and thrust into the confusing and foreign ways of city life and court drama. Student of the dragon Orma, Seraphina is gifted with musical talent. However, she can never reveal her talents because of the chance of being noticed. Seraphina has a dangerous secret that she must keep in order to protect herself and those that she loves. A death in the royal family sets off a series of events that unexpectedly puts Seraphina in the spotlight and in the middle of a political intrigue with dragons, humans, and assassination attempts. All the while, Seraphina must come to terms with what her secret means about who she is, and how it might help her save life as she knows it.
· an evaluation, which sums up your opinion on the book—your review of it (writing style, character authenticity, viability of the plot, believability, quality of the writing, reasons why it won the award(s) it did)
Genre and Subgenre: fantasy
Appeal Factors: dragons, mystery, political intrigue
Readalike Titles or Authors:
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
Awards Won and Book Lists:
- 2013 William C. Morris Award
- 2012 Cybils Award
- 2013 Horn Book Award Honor Book
- Seraphina’s “dreams”/visions
- Dragons and human relationship/conflict
- Description of other half-dragons and half-humans
Book Discussion Questions or Ideas:
- What would you do if you were Seraphina faced with her “grandfather”?
- What human qualities does Seraphina have? / What dragon qualities does Seraphina have?
- How would you handle the conflict with the dragons if you were Princess Glisselda?
Why I Chose This:
I chose this novel because it was about dragons. The idea of a half-dragon/half-human was intriguing. I was interested in seeing what qualities Seraphina would have and how her half-dragon side would affect who she was as a person.