Thursday, May 26, 2016
Book Report, May 2016
My book report today is about Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty.
Before I read this book, I was fortunate enough to go to a North Carolina bookseller's convention (as a reader) and get to meet the author first-hand and he seemed to be a genuinely gracious guy. But I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have this book take off the way it did, reaching the top of the NY Times bestseller list in its first week and winning a number of awards.
(Your lips to God's ears, as my people would say.)
As a writer, it's one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments.
But Serafina deserves her awards. She is an engaging narrator with a mystery or two to unravel. The setting is wonderful--Asheville's Biltmore Estate during the Vanderbilt's heyday there--and the supporting characters are not throw-aways; they all add an important dimension to the plot.
Sure, you have to be willing to suspend your disbelief for a moment in order to have the whole thing wrap up neatly, but why not? A foundling who is bewitched and not a typical human girl? Sounds like it could be right up a ten year-old-girl's alley.
If you have a tween girl in your life, have her try this book. It has been out long enough that you can probably borrow a copy from your public library, or upload it or whatever. Tell her Mrs. C. said it might be a good thing for her to read.