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Serafina and the Black Cloak

Venture into the spooky world of Serafina and the Black Cloak - the New York Times bestselling magical mystery adventure book for children.

"Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina and her pa have secretly lived in the basement of the grand old house on the Biltmore Estate, surrounded by dark forests, for as long as Serafina can remember. She takes the greatest of care never to be seen.

But when children at Biltmore start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks the corridors at night.  To solve the mystery, Serafina teams up with Braden Vanderbilt, the nephew of the estate’s owners.  Their search for answers leads them into the very forest Serafina has always been taught to fear.  There, they discover a legacy of magic, long forgotten - until now. A beguiling book for children aged 9 years and up . . . 

Robert Beatty is the debut and New York Times bestselling author of the magical and mystery book for children Serafina and the Black Cloak and its enchanting sequel Serafina and the Twisted Staff. He lives in the forested Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with his wife and three daughters (and four cats, four dogs and four horses).

Perfect for fans of J K Rowling, Abi Elphinstone, Robin Stevens and Jennifer Bell.

Words from Robert Beatty

When I sat down to work on Serafina and the Black Cloak my goal was to write a spooky and engaging story for my three daughters about a strange and unusual girl--a stealthy creature of the night who creeps through the darkness unheard and unseen—but who was good-of-heart and heroic in her own way. My family and I live near the grand Biltmore Estate, a historical mansion built by George Vanderbilt in the 1800s—to this day, the largest and most beautiful home in America. My family and I explore the extensive grounds and the opulent rooms and corridors of the house often. I loved the idea of a quiet and watchful twelve-year-old girl who lives secretly in the vast basement of this great house, spying on the fancy folk who live above, and then seeing something that forces her into the upstairs world for the first time. Serafina is faced with the challenge of not only solving the mystery of what she has seen, but the mystery of who and what she is.

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Robert Beatty
Publication Date:
May 05, 2016
Age Range:
From 9 years