Written by Daniel José Older
Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.
Come to the crossroads, to the crossroads come.
Sierra Santiago planned to have an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears… Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.
Where the powers converge and become one.
With the help of a mysterious fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one -- and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for herself and generations to come.
Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaper introduces a fantasy heroine and magic unlike any you've ever seen before, and marks the YA debut of a brilliant new storyteller.
“This story about ancestors, ghosts, power, and community has art and music at its core; Sierra's drawing and painting turn out to be tools for spirit work. Sierra's Puerto Rican with African and Taíno ancestors; her community is black and brown, young and old, Latin and Caribbean and American. Sometimes funny and sometimes striking, Older's comfortable prose seamlessly blends English and Spanish. Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic—a must.” -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“What makes Older’s story exceptional is the way Sierra belongs in her world, grounded in family, friends, and an awareness of both history and change. Her goal is to go deeper into that history and, by so doing, effect change of her own. Sierra’s masterful adaptability is most apparent in her language, which moves among English and Spanish, salsa and rap, formality and familiarity with an effortlessness that simultaneously demonstrates Older’s mastery of his medium.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sierra is a tough, confidant, body-positive female protagonist of Puerto Rican descent, proud of her ‘fro and her curves…. Dialogue is fast paced and authentic to Sierra’s Brooklyn neighborhood, which is vividly described. Readers will find someone to whom they can relate in her diverse group of friends. Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"[U]nique fantasy elements, entertainingly well-wrought characters, and cinematic pacing. Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling." -- Booklist, starred review
“As breathtaking as the fantasy elements of Shadowshaper are, Sierra's tale is grounded in a real-world setting that will be appealing to even the most reluctant fantasy readers. The strength of Older's tale is in his meticulous attention to the details of the life of a brown-skinned, natural-haired Puerto Rican teenage girl…. This is a world that will stay with readers long after the last page.” -- Los Angeles Times
New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
A Booklist Top Ten Arts Book for Youth
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
A BookPage Best Teen Book of 2015
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2015
A Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015
YALSA 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
A Top Ten 2016 YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers
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Trim Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
Page Count: 304
Foreign Rights: Jabberwocky Literary Agency
Translation Rights: Jabberwocky Literary Agency
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