This delightfully scary middle to upper grade reader has some real family values as well as a likeable heroine and a complimentary cast of clearly drawn characters. The plot is satisfying, easy to follow and challenging to solve. The real Biltmore House and surrounding estate and the Pisgah National Forest are supporting characters. If a visit to Ashville is in the future, this book is a great way to generate interest in the history, fixtures and furnishings of the house. (The horse stable is now a restaurant!)The importance of family, do what is right and defend the helpless are the ethics that Serafina embodies.
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