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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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  • waterlily1255
    waterlily1255Monday, May 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm55 stars
    I read this book a few months ago for the first time and loved it! It is such a intricate book based around a beautiful place. Robert Beatty describes Serifina in such a way that it is impossible not to get swept up into the tale!
    • princesspower2
      princesspower2Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm33 stars
      Serafina lives with her papa in the basement of Biltmore Estate. Sersfina is special in her own ways. For instance, Serafina only has eight toes instead of ten. And she has golden yellow eyes. This book was good, and if you have time, you probably want to read it, but I would not go out of my way to read it.
      • skymonkey
        skymonkeyFriday, May 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm55 stars
        An intriguing story of a girl who lives in a mansion with her father without being known. She befriends the mansion owner's nephew to find out what is happening to the disappearing children.
        • bug16
          bug16Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:10 pm55 stars
          I really loved the suspence and the time period. I also like the theme of secrecy.
          • rowdy123
            rowdy123Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm55 stars
            It's amazing!!!
            • balletmuggle
              balletmuggleTuesday, June 7, 2016 at 6:35 am55 stars
              I read this book a while ago, and I loved it! At certain parts, it will almost make you jump! This is one of my favorite books, and I absolutely loved the twist at the end!
              • kylie7899
                kylie7899Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 6:23 am55 stars
                Awesome book. Really good .I mean who thought Mr.Thorne would really be the man in the black cloak.Wow it is really cool how Leandra is a coutamount and serafina┬┤s mom.
                • #NRESThursday, April 28, 2016 at 9:24 am
                  This book is soooo amazing. I loved it! So many twists and turns and a life changing factor at the end! I placed it in my no.1 favorite book place! You would probably love it no wonder your taste!
                  • JadaThursday, April 28, 2016 at 9:13 am
                    An emotionally mysterious adventure
                    • tacodog
                      tacodogThursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm
                      you should read this

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