Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose OlderShadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older


byDaniel Jose Older

Paperback | August 30, 2016

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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 neighborhood 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.

Daniel Jose Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, workshop facilitator, and composer. Shadowshaper is his first published YA novel. His band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York, and you can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at and @d...
Title:ShadowshaperFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.01 × 5.26 × 0.62 inPublished:August 30, 2016Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:133803247X

ISBN - 13:9781338032475


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read It was interesting that paintings are giving such a beautiful life of their own and the fact that she is seen with having a positive and sometimes low view of what she looks like.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Diversity filled and female empowered It was nice to see diversity within a book , but it almost felt like the author was trying too hard to make it relatable. It did make me think and reflect while I was reading it. It had a lot of issues presented through the text that were not concluded, but they may be concluded through the next book in the series. The chapters were also quite short (a few pages) for the most of the book, so it was convenient to read if you're busy or on the go.
Date published: 2018-03-14

Editorial Reviews

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."