Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.
Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her strokeridden 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 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 generations to come.
Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaper introduces a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fantasy fiction and marks the YA debut of a bold new voice.
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Fun story with complex issues as a backdrop
The narrator is excellent, and I loved listening to her speak Spanish (my pronunciations would have been way off).
When Sierra's godfather helped her sneak into Columbia University's library. Her godfather is hilarious, and we meet one of my favorite characters, the librarian in the anthropology archives.
I loved the way issues like gentrification, cultural appropriation, racism, sexism and the importance of community informed the story (but didn't overshadow the action or the characters).
A Vivid Tale for Many Interests
- C. D. White