Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book of the Week - Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty

Serafina was adopted as a baby by the man who keeps the mechanical parts of the the lavish Biltmore Estate running in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina  This is the Gilded Age, the late 1890s. In the third book, just out, Serafina wakes up to find herself lying down in a wooden box with no memory of how she got there. She uses all her senses to try to figure out what is going on and discovers she's been buried alive. Figuring our a way to free herself she extricates herself only to discover a storm is raging and streams are flooding. When she makes her way home she discovers nobody can see her and she has little to no effect on being able to move objects. She finds her best friend Braeden but he is not the same. There is something very wrong in the world and she is the only one that can stop it but unable to communicate or get help from anyone will she be able to? Mysterious, horrifying, and eerie, this is a great story for kids grades 5-7 who like to read. While it stands on its own some readers will want to read the first two installments in the series but I hadn't read them and was enthralled. 

When the first book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, came out I had a thirteen-year-old who read it and said " I loved the brave and fantastic heroine, Serafina, who is just a bit different than everyone else. And maybe the residents of Biltmore Estate need someone who is different to save them from a mysterious and deadly fiend. If you love the bizarre, and want an interesting cast of characters that will surprise you, then this is the book for you!"

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