Eight years have passed since Serafina and the Black Cloak arrived on the bookshelves. The engaging plot centers around a young girl living in the basement of the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, N C. The wealthy Vanderbilt’s who live there don’t even know she exists.

When children start disappearing, it’s up to Sarafina and her only friend, Braeden, to find out the true identity of the man in the black cloak. They hope to stop him from doing any more kidnapping of innocent kids.

The tale was a hit with the older MG crowd and three more books were written. With the popularity of graphic novels it’s not surprising to find the story recreated in this new format.

The art work is vivid and spot on as it depicts both day and nighttime scenes. The emotions of the characters can be seen on each page.

There seems to be more text than usual for a graphic novel, but you can still enjoy the accompanying colorful panels. If you’ve read the original novel or not, Serafina and the Black Cloak is an alluring addition to the series.


Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina Series published by Disney-Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate, surrounded by the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He won the Southern Book Prize in 2016. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Willa of the Wood Series, the story of a young forest girl with ancient magical powers who struggles for survival and understanding in the Great Smoky Mountains. Loved by both young readers and adults alike, the Serafina and Willa books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide, and have been translated into over 22 languages. (For more details visit Robert’s author website)


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1 Response to SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK (The Graphic Novel)

  1. Sounds an interesting series, and I really like that it’s gone from novel to graphic novel (and it sounds like it converts well), I must check out this author. Thanks for sharing!

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