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The group voted for Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty for our Middle Grade and Children's nominee to read in July.

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, #1) by Robert Beatty

“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 the 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 the 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.


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Rachel Poynter (rachiesue) | 61 comments I loved imagery in the second half of the book. I must admit, that for me, the first bit of the book did not keep me interested. I kept picking it up, reading a few pages and then putting it down for a week. Finally I decided to trudge through, because I hate not finishing a book, Once I invested a little more time and got through the initial scenes I began to turn the pages more quickly. There wan't a pivotal moment, it just became more interesting to me. I will be reading the next one.


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I'm listening to this one. I made it about 22% so far, but did doze off once and have to go back. I'm not sure if it was a slow but in the story or if I was just really tired.


Paula S (paula_s) | 36 comments I just finished the book and I agree with Rachel. It got better the more I read.


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Rachel Poynter (rachiesue) | 61 comments I did like the battle between good and evil here and the emphasis on the dark and light comparison. I enjoyed the mystery she had around her because of her 'being from the dark' but how Beatty gave her a heart of pure light. As these aspects of the book became more apparent I began to enjoy the story as it blurred the lines of the more tradtional good vs evil examples.


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Alycia (bookhound18) I picked up this book (which I've owned since it was released) because I was in the mood for it and then realized it was being read this month on here. Yay! Looking forward to discussing it.


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I had to put this one aside for now. I was hoping to listen to it with my grandson (just turning 7), there are too many scenes that I think would be too scary for his age group. I hope to pick it up again some time in the future.


Paula S (paula_s) | 36 comments I agree that this could be too scary for a 7yo.

I'm not sure what age this is for actually. It starts so slow I'm worried that kids would give up before the action starts. Serafina seems so young that older children might find the plot too childish, but at the same time it's too scary for the younger children.

I really enjoyed it, and it might make a good story to read with a child, but I'm not sure what child I could give it to to read alone.


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Alycia (bookhound18) I, personally, am really enjoying it! I'm about 47% into it... I'm a bit slow these days with having a 4 year old and a 5 week old to tend to. Not as much time for reading! Lol On a side note, we lived about 45 minutes away from Biltmore for several years and visited often. I think that's really adding to my enjoyment of the book. :)


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Kristie | 6124 comments Mod
Oh that's interesting, Alycia! I can see how visiting the location would enhance your enjoyment. I still want to finish this one. I just can't right now. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Congrats on your recent addition to your family!


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Alycia (bookhound18) Thank you!


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Lea (leaspot) | 103 comments I agree about the slow start and it being somewhat scary for younger children. I thought the book ended well, and I'm more eager to visit the Biltmore after reading the book. :-)


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