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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.987144
The brave and unusual Serafina lives in the magnificent Biltmore Estate in the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But she's caught between two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her forest kin.

Filled with history, mystery, and magic for both adults and young readers (8+), this Disney-Hyperion thriller debuted as a #1 New York Times Best Seller, earned the prestigious "Starred Review" from Kirkus Reviews, and is now being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. Be sure to watch the exciting book trailer in the media section below.

Late one night while prowling through the forest, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure, and then she's attacked by the vicious wolfhounds under his control. Even worse, she's convinced that the stranger is not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise.


A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina's role as Biltmore's protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina's best friend, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, she comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore--and discovers its reach is far greater than she'd ever imagined. All the humans and animals of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published on July 3, 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 1484778065
ISBN-13: 9781484778067
6 Book Reviews
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  • ChanningThursday, October 4, 2018 at 6:32 am
    I really like this book. It is about a girl who is a catamount. A catamount is someone who is half girl and half animal. She uses her gift to defeat a powerful source that could damage the world if she doesn't defeat it.
    • savyThursday, April 26, 2018 at 9:19 pm
      I agree they are great books I love them want to read again
      • 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.
        • summerstar
          summerstarMonday, July 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm22 stars
          Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a spooky yet thrilling tale that gives you the chills! the part I liked most was when Serafina met Waysa at the waterfall. She got to do so many amazing things, it seemed unreal. First, when she meets Waysa, she gets pushed down a waterfall. It seems really scary, but so so much fun at the same time! I liked the part when she learned to swim, too. Swimming is so much fun for me, and reading about her learning how to was very enjoyable. Later, after she eats freshly cooked grouse, or as called by Waysa, "drummer," when she plays with her half brothers and sisters, I wondered what it would be like to do that. This book was a pleasure to read, even though some parts were not my favorite! Even though this book is fiction, it makes you want and not want to believe it.
          • huckleberrypie
            huckleberrypieThursday, January 26, 2017 at 9:11 am
            i loved the first book and the author is amazing, I'm sure this book will be just as great! : )
            • rowdy123
              rowdy123Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 2:13 pm
              So far it is AMAZING

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