'Serafina' series author Beatty donates books to South Central Elementary School

Contributed To The Press • Jan 8, 2019 at 11:41 AM

Asheville based author Robert Beatty recently surprised Jill Burgner the 4th-grade teacher at South Central Elementary School at a recent book signing by donating a class set of "Willa of the Wood.” The class had read the first book in his Serafina series, doing an in-depth book study using the book. The class has planned a trip to Biltmore later this year to follow in the footsteps the author has laid.

Mrs. Burgner stated; The 4th grade students are excited about "Willa of the Wood". All the students said that "Serafina" is their favorite book, therefore they know "Willa of the Wood" is going to be great! The students don't want to quit reading when we are doing the book study. They persuaded other teachers and students in our school to read them. Other teachers come into our room to do the book study with us. The P.E. teacher Mr. Watson always comes in during our Socratic seminars. He loves to hear the students' thoughts during the seminars. Mrs. Burgner was excited that some of her students found a love for reading for the first time with "Serafina."

Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina Series published by Disney-Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate, surrounded by the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He won the Southern Book Prize in 2016. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Willa of the Wood Series, the story of a young forest girl with ancient magical powers who struggles for survival and understanding in the Great Smoky Mountains. Loved by both young readers and adults alike, the Serafina and Willa books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide, and have been translated into over 22 languages. Robert Beatty lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories.

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