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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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  • #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
        • justino
          justinoTuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm
          awesommmme Boooook!!!!
          • justinoTuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm
            awesome book!!
            • juTuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm
              Awwesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • stargazer333
                stargazer333Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:36 am55 starsFeatured
                Serafina doesn't really fit in. she has four toes on each leg and she was born missing some bones. worst of all she secretly lives in the basement, and she has the burden of living in secret. but when kids from the manor start disappearing only she knows who is responsible. She must take a risk and reveal her secret to the young master of Biltmore estate and join him to reveal the kidnappers secret. This book will take you through the adventures of trying to fit in. even with her own father...
                • suluca
                  sulucaThursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:14 am55 stars
                  This book is amazing. Serafina is a curious and talented girl. She considers herself a creature of the night. For years she secretly lived under the Biltmore Estate with no problems. But then that all changes when children start to disappear, and she is the only witness. She teams up with Breaden, a kind boy who lives in the estate, to catch the mysterious man in the black cloak.This was a very interesting book. I couldn't stop turning the pages!
                  • sissyfina
                    sissyfinaTuesday, September 29, 2015 at 8:31 am
                    Book review By: Serafina DeMunno My book is about Serafina and the black cloak. This book is about a girl name Serafina lives in the bottom of the Biltmore mansion she is not supposed be seen or heard at all by anyone. She lives with her father and gets into a lot of trouble to one day she is seen and no more is she a secret. My author is Robert Beatty. My opinion of this book is that it's really creepy, I think this book is creepy because it's about this black deep dark secret and dungeon in there's all types of mystical creatures in there, but they're not really mystical they're just really really odd. I like this book because it really speaks to me not it says my name it just really good book he uses very detailed words and is very specific about certain characters. This book makes you feel like you're standing right next to her watching everything she does feeling everything she feels in hearing everything she hears. This genre is realistic fiction because it's about a girl who has a hard life with her mother and her father who is very poor and they're not eating much. I think this is realistic fiction because this stuff can happen in real life to real people. All the drama that's going on in her life and all the actions that she does and all the people even the Biltmore mansion is real all the stuff is real in that could be real people in real life. I think the audience I would like to read this book is 13+ because some of the stuff that happens in here is pretty dark and deep in very secretive and it could scare you a little bit. I don't think this book is for little children because it's got a lot of blood and it's got a lot of scary nighttime woods actions. I think the internal conflict that Serafina is that when she found out that her dad is not really her dad and she has a big secret because her mother left her half dead in the woods it leaves a big hole in her heart and she really doesn't know who she is. I think the external conflict ear is that she's trying to fight this man the black cloak and she's having young master Vanderbilt help her.

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