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Shadowshaper (the Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) (Hardcover)

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    In a Caribbean immigrant community in the heart of Brooklyn, our heroine Sierra has just learned of a long-hidden familial and cultural history of Shadowshaper magic. Something is amiss, her grandfather's friends keep disappearing, and tapping into the talent that her own mother shunned may be Sierra's only hope of helping. It's fun to walk around Brooklyn after living in Older's world -- each painted wall has the possibility of spirit and breath. (Emily)

    — From Emily


    The joyful, bold New York Times bestseller. Look for the sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, out 9/12

    "Magnificent." --Holly Black, New York Times Book Review

    "A must." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "Exceptional." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging with her friends. But then a corpse crashes their first party. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing non-stop. And when the murals in her neighborhood start to weep tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

    With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one. Now Sierra must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

    About the Author

    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 @djolder.
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780545591614
    ISBN-10: 0545591619
    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
    Publication Date: June 30th, 2015
    Pages: 304
    Language: English