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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
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  • glitterclaws
    glitterclawsMonday, June 10, 2019 at 10:32 am55 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.
    • Anonymous Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:25 pm
      Four words. This. Book. Is. Amazing. And super well written. It's one of the best books I've ever read.
      • ajg16
        ajg16Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:59 am44 stars
        I forgot about this book! I read it during Summer Reading 2017!
        • madelyngrace
          madelyngraceSunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:51 am55 stars
          It is scary but so epic!
          • mabumaxavusila
            mabumaxavusilaTuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11:21 am55 starsFeatured
            This is one of the best books I've ever read in my past 10 years of living, my teacher showed me this and I thought wow this author knows how to describe what the characters emotions are, and how the character is feeling while something really important is happening, all those little details. Like when shes running, you make her feel alive. or when she's being quiet you make her feel cautious, care, AND sneaky all at the same time! keep writing and good luck!
            • Maddie bikerSaturday, August 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm
              Best book ever! Loved the characters and the suspense of the story! Couldn’t put the book down!
              • Willow Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:51 pm
                The book Serafina and the Black Cloak is a very imaginary book. I loved the book because it had so much action and excitement. I definitely would recommend this book because of the story it tells and the amazing characters. Read the book to see what happens next.
                • septembergirl
                  septembergirlSunday, April 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm55 stars
                  These are great books. I was always excited to read what came next. I little scary for some people but I thought it was great.
                  • IDKWednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:30 am
                    Title Serafina and the black cloak Author Robert Beatty Publish date July 14, 2015 I like this book because it is magical and its one of those books that you could just start reading and just cant stop reading. This book is about a girl who wants to know why she looks different and why children are disappearing every night. This book is probable for 3-7 grade book. I think girls might enjoy this book more than boys.
                    • Riley Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm
                      This book is the best book I have ever read. I love every character (the good ones, not the evil ones.) The author does such a good job at pulling you in. I never wanted to stop reading. I got the second book as soon as I finished the first one. The second book was also amazing. I am now reading the third one and it is amazing too! I strongly recommend reading this book. I hope they make a movie too!