Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina and the Black Cloak

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In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781484709016
1484709012
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: J BEATTY, R

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daniellevk_0 Feb 07, 2019

Serafina is a 12 old girl who does not have any interaction with other people other than her dad. She has to stay hidden and pretends to not exist living in the basement of a mansion that her dad works in. She desperatley wanht s friends and to be apart of the outside world and all of that change... Read More »


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Hillsboro_RobP Apr 29, 2019

Mysterious and tense, it's a good fantasy adventure with a purposeful protagonist and unusual secrets. Reminds me of Laika movies in a way, because it can get a little dark.

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ambersummers
Feb 08, 2019

A fun, spooky middle-grade novel. I imagine I’ll booktalk the series regularly to kids who want something a little different, like The Graveyard Book.

daniellevk_0 Feb 07, 2019

Serafina is a 12 old girl who does not have any interaction with other people other than her dad. She has to stay hidden and pretends to not exist living in the basement of a mansion that her dad works in. She desperatley wanht s friends and to be apart of the outside world and all of that changes when she witnesses a kidnapping by a mysterious man in a black cloak. She meets the mansons's owner's nephew and they ework together to try to figure out where all the kidnapped kids are and who the man in the cloak is. She finds out who she really is in he process. This is a great book about a determined little girl who helps strangers and has a good heart wanting to do the right thing and to feel like she belongs. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger where it will pull you in to read the next chapter to find out what happened or who was that kind of curiousity.

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leileileeculham
Nov 28, 2018

This series is AMAZING!!!!!! I've read all the books and now I am reading Willa of the wood! The author is great!

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Sonneschimmereis
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

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white_fox_503
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.

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MoeWhoHides
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.

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vv19
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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vv19
Apr 14, 2018

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

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