Best Middle Grade Books
Serafina and the Black Cloak is a mystery-thriller from Disney Hyperion about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate¬†amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After an explosion of national interest, it became a New York Times Best Seller in the first week of its launch, has remained on the list for more than 59+ weeks, and recently hit #1. Serafina and the Black Cloak was awarded the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for representing “the best in Southern Literature.” It earned excellent reviews from¬†Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, and the Historical Novel Society, and was voted the #1 Middle Grade Book of 2015 on Goodreads.com. Filled with a mixture ¬†of history, mystery, and magic, Serafina and the Black Cloak¬†was written for young readers (8-12) as well as adults. It has been taught in over a thousand classrooms across the nation.
“Never go into 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 Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s vast and opulent home, but 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 lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to prowl through the darkened corridors at night, to sneak and hide, using the mansion’s hidden doors and secret passageways.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the clues to follow. A terrifying man in a black cloak 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, where she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must not only face her darkest enemy, but delve into the strange mystery of her own identity.
Here is the first chapter:¬†Chapter 1 Excerpt
Best Middle Grade Books 2015