A new challenge for Serafina

Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin.

Late one night, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure in the forest, and is attacked by the vicious wolfhounds that seem to be under his control. Even worse, she’s convinced that the stranger was not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise.

Someone is wreaking havoc at the estate. A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina’s role as Biltmore’s protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina’s best friend and only ally, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore—and discovers its reach is far greater than she’d ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

Ages: 9-12

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Buy the book: Book Depository , Fishpond.com.au , Amazon , TheNile.com.au

Other Books in the Serafina Series

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Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs. The Saurus Street Series by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers

The Saurus Street series

The Saurus Street Series

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
When Jack wishes for his own Tyrannosaurus, he doesn’t expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch.

A Pterodatyl Stole My Homework
What bad luck! Just when Sam’s finished his homework a pterodactyl flies through the window and steals it.
 
The Very Naughty Velociraptor
Tom and Tam are horrified when they find out Great Aunt Gertrude is coming to stay. She’s got bad breath, smelly feet and her false teeth like to bite.

An Allosaurus ate my Uncle
When Susie won’t hand over her pocket money to her mean cousin Walter, he locks her in the attic.

(Includes a video of the author, Nick Falk discussing the books and a video of the illustrator, Tony Flowers, drawing dinosaurs) => http://bit.ly/ZB8qhO

It’s time for a showdown. “The hunters” by John Flanagan

Brotherband 3: The Hunters

 
John Flanagan

It’s time for a showdown. Pirates vs Skandians. Bring it on, Herons! 

Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive. The epic series from “Ranger’s Apprentice” author John Flanagan continues, delivering pulse-pounding adventure and fun.

Read an excerpt and watch the trailer => http://bit.ly/Xz4Rnj

Watch as Anna Feinberg discusses Louis Beside Himelf

Louis Beside Himself

Anna Fienberg

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air… A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo’s Curse.

Ann Feinberg’s latest – Louis beside himself

Louis Beside Himself

Anna Fienberg

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air… A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo’s Curse.

Watch the author discussing her book http://bit.ly/NJ1VGx

A new life for Shaun Tan’s lovable lost thing

– An odd but hopeful picture book about a lovable lost creature has a new life in the United States to go with its Oscar-winning, 15-minute movie.
The Academy Award victory in the short animated film category for Australian Shaun Tan’s “The Lost Thing” coincides with its release this month in “Lost & Found,” a collection of three stories primarily by Tan from the Scholastic imprint Arthur A. Levine Books. => http://yhoo.it/fnQtUk

Trailer for “Something Rotten” (for teens)

The Book:

Something Rotten: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery
by Alan Gratz


Denmark, Tennessee, stinks. The smell hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best friend, Hamilton Prince. And it’s not just the paper plant and the polluted river that’s stinking up Denmark: Hamilton’s father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. Why? Because nobody believes that Rex Prince was murdered. Nobody except Horatio and Hamilton. Now they need to find the killer, but it won’t be easy. It seems like everyone in Denmark is a suspect. Motive, means, opportunity— they all have them. But who among them has committed murder most foul?

Book Trailer for Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once I escaped from an orphanage to find my Mum and Dad.

Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house.

Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh.

My name is Felix.

This is my story.

This is a touching, beautiful book that is perfect to read to grade 5/6 children, as I have done. This book was the springboard to some of the deepest, most meaningful discussions I’ve had with schoolkids about youth, prejudice, war, Hitler, family and friends. I highly recommend “Once” and the sequel, “Then”.

Teachers Notes here => http://bit.ly/b5PC7P
Hear the author read from Chapter One as you read along with the text => http://bit.ly/bCsJn3
The real life stories that inspired the book => http://bit.ly/9dpaOx

Buy the book here => http://bit.ly/cmVaFv

Maurice Sendak reads his book “Where the wild things are”

More about the book and the movie here (and watch President Obama reading the book out loud) => http://bit.ly/cWuXFR