Great Appalachian Book Project

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Serafina Series author marks release of new graphic novel and the Great Appalachian Book Project

ASHEVILLE, NC — Robert Beatty, best-selling author of the SERAFINA SERIES, is partnering with bookstores to bring thousands of his new books to classrooms across the Appalachian region.

The Great Appalachian Book Project coincides with the release of Beatty’s new book, the graphic novel adaptation of his beloved bestseller, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK, set for nationwide release on April 4. With its dark and beautiful artwork, the graphic novel adaptation introduces Serafina’s story in a whole new way that is sure to engage young readers, particularly those who struggle with reading.

The Southern Appalachian mountains is home to Robert Beatty and the setting of his SERAFINA SERIES and Willa novels.

“The Great Appalachian Book Project—the idea of getting thousands of books into the hands of young readers—is just one small way to thank and give back to my fans and supporters,” said Beatty. “I think it’s more important than ever to support our kids, our schools, and our teachers.”

Bookstore partners include Barnes & Noble locations across Appalachia, Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, Adventure Bound Books in Morganton, NC, and others. So far, Beatty has visited and will provide books to the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, Charles C. Bell Elementary in Asheville, Montford North Star Academy in Asheville, with many others to come in March and April, all in coordination with local bookstores.

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK is the story of a brave and unusual cat-like girl who prowls the darkened corridors and hidden paths of the grand Biltmore Estate. Published in 2015 by Disney-Hyperion Books, BLACK CLOAK is a #1 New Times bestseller and a favorite of teachers, librarians and their students for book studies and classroom read-alouds. It’s the first book in the four-book SERAFINA SERIES.

Visit for more on the SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK graphic novel and the Great Appalachian Book Project.

Author interview requests should be made to Lydia Carrington at or 828-231-1793.