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

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Sierra is an artist. Her summer project is to complete a mural at a family friends Junkyard. Sierra's world thrown upside-down when a corpse crashes her party, family friends start to go missing, and her dying grandfather starts to reveal her families dark and mystical past. With the help of street artist, Robbie, Sierra starts to unlock the mysteries of her grandfather's past and harness the powers she possesses to stop the darkness that threats to take over her city. Amazing. --Jenna

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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