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Serafina and the Black Cloak


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"Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul." Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate.There's plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore's owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak's true identity…before all of the children vanish one by one. Serafina's hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 31, 2015 – Beatty's suspenseful debut opens in 1899 in Ashville, N.C., at the historic Biltmore Estate. Twelve-year-old Serafina and her father secretly live in the basement of the Biltmore, where he keeps the mansion's many mechanisms in working order. He forbids Serafina who was born with four toes on each foot, golden eyes, and other physical peculiarities from wandering upstairs among the Vanderbilts or into the woods, where he found and rescued her as an infant. One night, Serafina sees a man capture a girl, who vanishes into his cloak. With more children disappearing, she teams up with fellow loner Braeden Vanderbilt, nephew of the estate's owner, to search for the so-called Man in the Black Cloak, leading them deep into the forest. Serafina's quest to understand herself and her unknown family history, along with some truly creepy moments and imagery (during one encounter, the Man in the Black Cloak "seemed to float on the violence of the battle, his decaying, blood-dripping hands reaching outward as he came upon Braeden"), makes for an eerie historical mystery. Ages 8 12.


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Customer Reviews


This book is the best thing I've ever read its heart warming, sad, happy, surprising, scary, and romantic. The story of Serafina is mysterious and loving it's a book for everyone and I just couldn't put the book down.

Beatty brings Biltmore to life!!

Serafina and the Black Cloak holds its own against recent best sellers like The Hunger Games and Divergent!

Robert Beatty's use of vivid imagery made the halls of the Biltmore Estate and her occupants come to life. His attention to detail and descriptive language transport the reader to the Winter Garden, the woods, and the ancient grounds around Biltmore. Whether it is prowling the basement with Serafina, exploring the stables with Braeden, or discovering the elegance of the house Mrs. Vanderbilt, each and every room comes to life.

This is a must read for children, teenagers, and adults like! Many great life lessons sprinkled throughout! A true story of courage, hope, friendship (in many forms), and determination, Serafina and the Black Cloak is well on its way to becoming a timeless classic.

Serafina And the Black Cloak

Amazing book!!!! I couldn't put it down!!!

Serafina and the Black Cloak
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Jul 14, 2015
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Seller: Disney Electronic Content, Inc.
  • Print Length: 302 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Serafina
  • Version: 3.0
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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