Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher Series #1)

Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher Series #1)

by Daniel José Older


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The joyful, bold New York Times bestseller. Look for the sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, out 9/12/2017!

"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 out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes their first party. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781338032475
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Series: Shadowshaper Cypher Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 142,580
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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.

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"It's salsa!" Sierra laughed, her feet stepping naturally in time with Robbie's.

"Not exactly, but close enough."

The music swirled around them, moved with them, for them. Sierra saw little old couples tear it up, putting some of the awkward younger folks to shame. Two eight- or nine-year-olds spun happily past. The song surged as the crowd swelled, or was it the other way around? Sierra couldn't tell anymore. Didn't even care.

Something in a far corner caught Sierra's eye and she swung Robbie around to get a better look. The vast murals churned and swayed in time with the music. The elegant soldier leapt from his peak into the sky and found himself a pretty angel to swing with. The classy fellow and his death bride spun wild circles from one wall to the next. The pretty black mermaids formed a dancing ring around one of the dragons, who appeared to be showing off a sultry two-step. Sierra closed her eyes and let the other dancers, the swirling paintings, the whole spinning city around her fade into a colorful blur.

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