Library Activities

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK BOOK CLUB 
 
 
 
 
Listen to Ms. Pam read the book on YouTube! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Write your answers down and email or send a picture to Ms. Pam at maplesp@monroe.k12.tn.us, video your answers and send the video to Ms. Pam, or just discuss your answers with a grown-up! 
 
Chapter One 
 
1. Why do you think Serafina and her father live in the workshop and not the servant’s quarters or in town?

2. Where does this story take place? What do we know about it? Is it a real place or is it fictional?

3. Explain how Serafina is in some ways invisible. How do you think she feels about this? 

4. What do you think of the Man in Black and what do you think happened to the girl in the yellow dress?

5. At the end of Chapter 1, what questions are on your mind?
 
 
Chapter Two 
 
1. What are some examples of how Serafina acts like an animal? Give at least two examples from this chapter.

2. What does Serafina’s behavior toward and confrontation with the Man in the Black Cloak reveal about her
character?

3. How is Serafina physically different than most people and how do those differences save her now and make her an excellent C.R.C. (Chief Rat Catcher)?
 
Chapter Three

1. In this chapter, Serafina battles with both anger and resentment. What causes these emotions and how does she deal with them?

2. Serafina has been told throughout her life to stay hidden and not to venture up the stairs. What factors contributed to her decision to ignore what she had been told and finally risk going up there? 

3. What leads Serafina to think that the Man in the Black Cloak is both some sort of specter but also “of this world”?

4. Why does Pa not believe Serafina’s story about the Man in the Black Cloak?

5. What has Pa warned Serafina never to do? Why? Do you agree?
 
Chapter Four
 
1. Do you think it is just a coincidence the estate’s dynamo was sabotaged just at the time these
disappearances are happening? Are these occurrences connected somehow?

2. Serafina is frightened by her father’s reaction. Why is he acting this way?

3. What characteristics led the midwives to call the baby the devil’s work?

4. What do you learn about Pa and his character?
 
Chapter Five 
 
1. What evidence did Serafina find that might prove the Man in the Black Cloak actually existed? What
does the evidence reveal to her?

2. Serafina struggles to define what a friend is. What is your definition of a true friend?

3. Do you agree with Pa that there are differences between people and you should stay to yourself?
 
Chapter Six
 
1. What evidence can you find in this chapter that proves Braeden actually wants to be with Serafina?

2. We learn in this chapter that dogs have never liked Serafina and bark at her. Why do you think this is?

3. What characteristics of Biltmore led Serafina to think it could be a really spooky place?

4. What do you think happened to Crankshod and the driver?
 
Chapter Seven
 
1. What evidence can you find to support Serafina’s conclusion that Braeden has a gift of communicating
with horses and other animals?

2. What are the signals in this chapter that the forest is a dangerous place?

3. What is your theory for why and how the two trees blocked the road?

4. Why do you think the Man in the Black Cloak wants Braeden?
 
Chapter Eight 
 
1. What evidence in this chapter proves Braeden is clever?
 
2. What secret does Serafna tell Braeden and why?

3. Do you consider Braeden and Serafina friends? Why?

4. Should Serafina have told Braeden who she is and where she is from? Would you have?
 
Chapter Nine 

1. Why did Serafina disappear before the rescuers could arrive?

2. What lie does Crankshod tell? Why do you think he tells it?

3. The road splits into three different roads. Which path would you take and why?
 
4. Should Serafina try to stop the Man in the Black Cloak or just keep safe and let someone else do it?
 
Chapter Ten
 
1. What techniques and description does the author use to make the setting in this chapter feel creepy?

2. Which of the tombstone epitaphs is your favorite? Which one don’t you understand? Can you make one
up yourself?

3. Why do you think the author described the trees are “gnarled” and seem “twisted by agonizing pain”?

4. Do you agree with Serafina that she made a mistake leaving the main road?
JUNIE B JONES BOOK CLUB 
 
 
 
Listen to Ms. Pam read the book on YouTube! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Write your answers down and email or send a picture to Ms. Pam at  maplesp@monroe.k12.tn.us video your answers and send the video to Ms. Pam, or just discuss your answers with a grown-up!
 

Chapter 1

  1. Why did Junie B.’s mom take her to visit the school? 
  2. Explain what Junie B.’s mom told her about the bus. 
 
Chapter 2 
 
  1. What did Junie B. feel like when she was worried? 
  2. What helped Junie B. get on the bus? 
 
Chapter 3 
 
  1. Why didn’t the curly haired girl let Junie B. sit next to her?
  2. What was Junie B.’s temperature on the bus and why couldn’t she change it? 
  3. What made the bus experience worse as Junie B. tried to get off?
 
Chapter 4
 
  1. What color chair did Junie B. want to sit in? 
  2. What’s the name of the girl with red fingernails? 
  3. Name three places Junie B.’s class visited? Make sure to list them in the order they visited them.
 
Chapter 5
  1.  What happened to Lucille’s brother last year when he visited the principal? 
  2. What did Lucille bring up that made Junie B.’s stomach squeezy? 
  3. Why didn’t Junie B. follow her teacher as she led them to the bus? 
 
Chapter 6 
  1. Where did Junie B. hide? 
  2. When Junie B. woke from her nap, what did she find? 
  3. What did Junie B. pretend to be at the end of this chapter? 
 
Chapter 7
  1. What did Junie B. compare the media center to? 
  2. Why did Junie B. like the pencil sharpener? 
  3. Who do you think the man was that was singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”? 
 
Chapter 8 
  1. When Junie B. was in the nurse’s office, what did she do? 
  2. Why did Junie B. feel like the nurse’s office was a dangerous place?
 
Chapter 9 
  1. Why were the doors locked in the school?
  2. Who did Junie B. call to get help since she couldn’t open the door to go to the bathroom? 
  3. How did the man with the can help Junie B.? 
 
Chapter 10 
  1. Why did Junie B.’s mom hug her really tight? 
  2. What helped Junie B. want to ride the bus the next day? A