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Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3) Hardcover – July 3, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—In this third installment of the series, readers find Serafina and her friends meeting their biggest challenge yet: supernatural powers bent on destroying Biltmore forest and the historic Biltmore home and all its inhabitants. Twelve-year-old Serafina is on her own; the resourceful friends she gained in the first two novels are mysteriously absent. Readers of the previous installments may not be surprised that the narrative revisits the black cloak that "just won't stay gone," and they will revel in the cloak's latest reincarnation. Serafina eventually discovers her best friend, Braeden, and his trusty Doberman, Gidean, in residence at her beloved Biltmore Estate—yet he cannot see or hear Serafina. She also wonders about the odd passage of time since she had previously seen her friends. Serafina does finally learn what mysterious power has prevented her from communicating with her friends, and they once again are able to form an alliance against the evil sorcerer. Beatty does a fairly good job of summarizing previous goings-on, but kids should read the series in order. Along with empowering themes about friendship, choosing right over wrong, and perseverance, Beatty again crafts a dark fantasy with bone-chilling imagery, suspense, and unique supernatural elements. VERDICT This compelling continuation of the intriguing series revisits puzzling themes, multifaceted characters, and nonstop action, all set against the beautiful Biltmore locale in Asheville, NC. Hand this title to fans of Kevin Sand's The Blackthorn Key, Chris D'Lacey's "The UNICORNE Files," or Tony DiTerlizzi's "The Spiderwick Chronicles."—Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC
SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART - STARRED REVIEW
"From the first gripping page, the book pulses with action and intrigue. The magic and the mystery of the mountains weave from one chapter to the next. Beatty decidedly keeps readers on the edge of discovery as the plot unfurls. Each character continues to surprise both one another and readers with their emotional complexity. A captivating, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed fantasy." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
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Serafina and the Splintered Heart intrigued me so much that I had to read all of it in two days. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Several things baffled me as I saw Serafina deal with more frightful dangers than usual, happy encounters, and many mysterious events.
Although the author includes many clues along the way, the story has setbacks and changes that kept me engrossed through the last page. I like the way that the characters talk about their plans and life viewpoints. I appreciate the use of local dialect appropriate to the various speakers.
I enjoy very imaginative stories like this one, but this third book started in a darker fashion than the first two Serafina books did. I would recommend it for older middle school students, rather than elementary children.
I have tried three times now to express how enchanting these novels are, how they reach out and involve the reader of any age right from the first page, and the natural way the stories progress naturally and exquisitely as seen through the eyes of a child on the cusp becoming an adult in all ways which matter most, yet with every scene fresh and new, saturated full of colors and nuances rarely seen except through young eyes. These are simply magical tales and somewhere, Walt Disney is smiling, knowing the company that is his lasting legacy is helping to share and spread the magic both far and wide.
Painless and reflexive lessons about the nature of love, responsibility, heroism, failure, forgiveness, duty, and the rewards they bring to those who revere and embody them are themes gracefully woven throughout the novels alongside expressed reverence for community, creativity, vision, industry, and personal accountability meshed with a keen desire to explore, learn, and grow through all these through daily challenges faced, dangers and foes bravely met, alongside and in protection of the people, places, and ideals one holds dear. And it's all magical tale-telling that is purely-enchanting in itself.
These novels have legs that I can see carrying them through at least several generations like the best of the older Disney fare. Three generations of this family have enjoyed them so far! Yours almost certainly will too, best shared reading together.
Each installment in this series has impressed and enthralled me, but this one is my favourite of the three thus far for the beautiful and timeless teachings it imparts that though everything may change around us, inside we remain the same and bravery comes from within whether you are a fierce black panther prowling the night, or a small girl of twelve in a fancy dress drinking tea with Mrs. Vanderbilt, or even something else entirely.....
And it equally teaches that our moral values come down to choices. Even those who have done wrong or caused harm may choose to be good and brave, and help restore what's been broken.
Serafina and the Splintered Heart, like its two preceding installments are, in my humble opinion, instant classics, timeless stories that I can pass down to my children and grandchildren, who will devour them with the same hunger I do now, without the stories losing their quality and vibrance over time as some tend to do.
I'm convinced that twenty years from now, Serafina fans of all ages will still depart from one another with those famous words; "Stay bold."