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. 


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

how exciting for the author! it sounds amazing! i am so overdue for a book report. reading one now that i am almost done with but soooo slow going. i want to finish so i can read a book sawyer's teacher loaned me that looks awesome!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

This book sounds fun.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

This book sounds fun.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Should a 50+ woman read it too? Especially one who loves YA and his a Harry Potter geek ...

:) Linda

Art and Sand said...

How fun to meet the author and how wonderful for him to have his book take off!

andi filante said...

We took the kids to the Biltmore about 10 years amazing! And I'm a sucker for a good tween book, so I'll have to put it on my list. :)

Andrea said...

Sounds like fun! I think the book I am reading right now is probably very good, but not intended to be read when falling asleep!

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