Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, by Robert Beatty

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The story: Serafina lives a secret life in the basement of the fabulous Biltmore mansion, hunting rats and helping her father. She’s never been allowed a friend, or even a conversation with one of the “sparkling” people upstairs–but when she witnesses a man in a black cloak murder a young girl deep in her basement territory, and as children keep disappearing from the estate, she knows she has to speak out. Problem is…who will listen to a rat catcher?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: This is a pretty darn creepy story featuring black magic and even the unexpected presence of shape-shifters. Get past the dorky cover and the fact that it’s historical fiction–if you like a scary story, this one’s for you!

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