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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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  • 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!
              • annette
                annetteMonday, September 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm55 stars
                This book is terrifyingly captivating with a dark thrilling story line that will leave you wide awake at night! This book is amazingly written with great detail and many twists and turns in the plot. This is a perfect read for Halloween or another spooky night because when children go missing in the night and not even the parents know what is going on, who wouldn't be scared?
                • georgiasilver
                  georgiasilverThursday, August 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm
                  A seemingly stormy and mysteriously dangerous book, I cant wait to find this book out, with its interesting front cover and its intriguing words of Black Cloak. Serafina seems someone playing or having some sort of magic, and I cant wait to go along with her.
                  • rah-rah
                    rah-rahTuesday, August 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm55 stars
                    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this book. I read this one and I am reading the second one and can't wait to get the third one. There is a lot of on the edge of your seat feeling. I strongly reccomend this awesome book.
                    • girlygirl1014
                      girlygirl1014Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:53 am55 stars
                      Serafina and the Black Cloak is a thrilling mystery about a young heroine who must rise up to the challenge and solve a mystery inside the walls of Biltmore Estate itself, and learn about the mystery of her own past and future along the way of the dark and dangerous path of the woods she was told never to go into all her life in order to destroy the dark force that's threatening to destroy her life and all the lives in the Biltmore Estate. 12-year old amber eyed Serafina has secretly lived her whole life in the basement of the 250 roomed Biltmore Estate with her Pa. Since she was seven years old she has spent every night lurking through the basement catching rats to keep them from traveling to the upstairs world of the " Fancy Folk" she longs to be in, but her Pa has told her to never tell her name, where she lives, and to never go into the woods. During one long night in the basement Serafina sees a mysterious black cloaked figure chasing one of the little girls from the estate. When the black cloak ensnares the girl she seems to vanish from thin air. As she goes to the upstairs world she befriends Biltmore's owner's nephew, Breaden. As more children go missing, and everyone a suspect, she must travel into the woods she's forbidden to go into in order to solve the mystery of the Black Cloak, and her own mystery of who she is and who she is going to be.

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