Serafina and the Black Cloak

Book review by Amanda May Dundas, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Spooky mystery-thriller about supernatural evil.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 12+


I began reading this to my nearly-seven year old and 10 year old. We were in the Asheville area so the setting was relevant and I thought, if I read it with them, an 8+ book would be around the right level to keep both interested… mistake! The descriptions of the inner workings of the old house are nicely written and Serafina’s world is strange and interesting. Very early into the book, while wandering the basement in the dark of night, Serafina witnesses a child being chased and caught by a terrifying supernatural man. She watches the child being consumed (Dementor-style) before being chased herself. This whole sequence is very frightening and I found myself having to gloss over some of the descriptions before eventually accepting this wasn’t going to work as a bedtime story! Great, scary story but for older children.
age 12+

Definitely NOT for the faint of heart.

I read this book because someone gave it to me for my birthday (I probably wouldn't have chosen it on my own), and I've been having nightmares ever since, about shape shifters , black cloaks eating me, and that sort of stuff. I mean, if you're into horror books/movies, you might like it, but if you're not into horror stuff, I would recommend NOT reading this (unless you like nightmares)!

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