Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina and the Black Cloak

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"Never go into the deep parts of 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 her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate's maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who 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. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781484711873
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,20 cm.


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Aug 13, 2018

Biggest lingering question after finishing the book - what happened to all the people wandering off after the villain is defeated? I wonder how many of them got lost in the woods and eaten : D

Nov 21, 2017

I really liked this book,and soon after I finished it I read the three other books!
I think Serafina is a great character and I would highly recommend reading it.

alaude Sep 19, 2017

It's wonderful to come across a plot about something you had imagined in the past. When I picked up Robert Beatty's Serafina and the Black Cloak, about a girl who lives, hidden away in the basement of Biltmore Estate (home to the Vanderbilts) at the turn of the century, I was instantly intrigued. Though Beatty's story veered away from where I had imagined it might go, producing instead one of the creepiest villains I have read in children's literature, and adding in elements of folklore and mystery to the plot, I had to conclude that this man is a writer with fabulous ideas, and I can't wait to find out what else he has in store for Serafina.

Take an entertaining and enlightening trip back in time to discover the real Biltmore house and grounds. A fun read for all ages! Can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Jun 02, 2017

This was a neat and creepy story. I loved the villain - it did seem REALLY dark for a children's book. I sped through it in 3 or 4 sittings.

I thought in some places the writer rambled or wrote redundant sentences. There was also a part in the middle where I was really confused why it was written until the very end. I have read books that dropped hints that weren't so obvious and didn't interrupt the flow of the book. I was really annoyed reading that particular part.

Overall, I won't be continuing this series - it was fun but I enjoy reading more unique and personally meaningful books and this one was just average for me. If someone was interested already, I would recommend reading it but if people were looking for general reading recommendations, I wouldn't recommend reading it.

2.5/5 stars.

JCLChrisK Sep 27, 2016

An engaging, somewhat creepy and mysterious tale with an unusual setting and protagonist. I enjoyed it.

Aug 17, 2016

It's a delightful story, plenty of details, and pretty well written! It was wonderful to read a book about a place that I have been before. Congratulations to Robert Beatty!

May 13, 2016

Loved this junior fantasy fiction book. A story of disappearing children, evil spirits, magical creatures and a deadly Black Cloak. Loved our heroine Serafina.

Apr 27, 2016

This book started good, very mysterious and a likable character. About 100 pages in, it slowed to a crawl with paragraph after paragraph of narrative. The plot seemed too complicated and then the ending, tied up too nicely. It's got some very scary parts which might bother younger or more sensitive kids.

JCLKatieS Feb 29, 2016

Serafina knows that she is different but doesn't know why. Her father hides her in the basement of the Biltmore Estate and no one is supposed to know she lives there. But she is really good at hiding and so is able to get around the house and grounds just fine without anyone noticing her. But then one night she witnesses a kidnapping and her world is turned upside down. She bravely breaks out of her shell and makes friends she never thought she would and works endlessly to solve the mystery surrounding the missing children. And most importantly, she becomes determined to figure out her past and why her father hides her. This book is a great read for older children who are interested in adventure and mystery and are not afraid of violence. I really enjoyed it and would love to see this as a movie!

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Aug 13, 2018

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Apr 14, 2018

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Apr 14, 2018

An intense book that takes the imagination to the edge and back. A very relatable story of a girl who is trying to find out who she is and how she fits into her world. The author creates a dark world that leaves you scared of shadows but you cannot look away until the end. Loved it.


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Apr 14, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Cloak captures children Bloody hands Fight scene with a mountain lion


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