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Shadowshaper

By Daniel Jose Older   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338032475 Paperback
320 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545591614 Hardcover
304 Pages | 5.88" x 8.58" | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545591621 Ebook
304 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.

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 neighbourhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

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 marks the YA debut of a brilliant new storyteller.

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Praise for Shadowshaper

" … a first-rate example of how representation, diversity, and themes of social justice and identity can be skilfully woven into a narrative — not so that they disappear, but so that the story pivots on them in a way that is authentic, exciting, and ultimately satisfying." —Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

* "Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic — a must." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package." —School Library Journal, 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." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling." —Booklist, starred review

"Exactly the kind of title Walter Dean Myers charged his peers to pen… one that takes young readers, their unique needs and their racial and cultural realities seriously. Shadowshaper would make him proud." —The Washington Post

"Sierra Santiago is the type of character we’ve all hoped we could have in YA." —Bustle.com