Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.968924
A brave and unusual girl named Serafina lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age. Serafina's pa, the estate's maintenance man, has warned her to keep herself hidden from the fancy folk who live on the floors above, but when children at the estate start disappearing, Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a dark and dangerous mystery. This page-turning thriller from Disney-Hyperion is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, has been on the bestsellers list for more than 50 weeks, and is already being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. It also won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for "representing the best in Southern literature." A blend of history, mystery, and magic, this new series has become a favorite for both adults and young readers (8+). Be sure to watch the book trailer in the media section below.
"Never go into 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 Biltmore Estate. There's plenty to explore in Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt's vast and opulent home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa have lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to prowl through the darkened corridors at night, to sneak and hide, using the mansion's hidden doors and secret passageways.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the clues to follow. A mysterious man in a black cloak stalks Biltmore's corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of 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, where she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must not only face her darkest enemy, but delve into the strange mystery of her own identity.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published on June 14, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 1484711874
ISBN-13: 9781484711873
52 Book Reviews
  • purplecat747
    purplecat74711 months55 stars
    I just like this book a lot. I recommend it to people who love mystery books because it is mysterious. edit: Read the whole series, great books.
    • chloele
      chloele11 months55 stars
      You just can't let go of this. The more you read, the more anxious you become! The book is about a girl named Serafina who lived most of her life hidden in the basement. She makes friends with a boy named Braeden, and goes on many adventures with him and meets the man in the Black Cloak. Read more to find out
      • jb9
        jb911 months55 stars
        I LOVE IT!!!! Though I must say It might be a little scary for young kids
        • ghostwfeelings
          ghostwfeelingsover 1 year55 stars
          This book was amazing, a mix of mystery and adventure. You won't be able to put this book down after you've started.
          • ferohajo-156829613221
            ferohajo-156829613221almost 2 years55 stars
            Serifina and the black cloak is the start of the great Serifina series, full of danger, excitment, and mystery. The Serifina series is great
            • Katiealmost 2 years
              My fav. I hear that he came out with a new one.
              • maritlikes2read
                maritlikes2readabout 2 years55 stars
                Serafina and the black cloak was definetly a page turner type book! It was a good, quick read to any of you fast readers! It was a suspenseful mystery about the battle between Serafina and the evil man in the black cloak.... read if you dare!
                • Surfingreindeerabout 2 years
                  *NO CRUTIAL SPOILERS* Serafina and The Black Cloak is about a 12 year old girl living in a boiler room with her “pa”, one night when a evil spirit or some sort of evil form starts murdering the children of Biltmore, Serafina’s mind runs wild. Who is he/she? What is he after? Is he coming for me?! Read if you dare.....
                  • Blah, blahabout 2 years
                    Four letters: B, E, S, T And another four: E, V, E, Rp
                    • glitterclaws
                      glitterclawsover 2 years55 stars
                      I love this book full of suspense and adventure ❤great story line. and I love how the character knows stuff before you do overall great book.