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Shadowshaper

by Older, Daniel José,

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg Young Adult YA CD BOOK FIC OLD
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA CD BOOK FIC OLD
 
 
Summary

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 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 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* When Sierra's grandfather warns her to finish her mural because the paintings are fading, she is puzzled, but the only person willing to help her find answers is talented artist Robbie, and even he is reticent. Determined, Sierra finally learns the truth: her grandfather was a powerful shadowshaper, able to animate art with the spirit of a departed soul, and now an interloper, anthropologist Dr. Wick, is trying to steal these powers for himself. As Sierra investigates the shadowshapers, she discovers her own shockingly powerful role in the disappearing community. Apart from being an awesome power, shadowshaping becomes a resonant metaphor for the importance of cultural heritage, as Puerto Rican Sierra and Haitian Robbie draw on and amplify their ancestors' spirits, and their primary concern is keeping their honorable tradition alive in their community. Older's world building echoes that, too, weaving in timely commentary on gentrification, cultural appropriation, and even the shifting social mores of immigrant communities (especially evident in Sierra chafing against her grandfather's machismo). Even if readers don't recognize Older's crafty commentary, they will find plenty to like in the unique fantasy elements, entertainingly well-wrought characters, and cinematic pacing. Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Older's (Half-Resurrection Blues) YA debut, Sierra Santiago is from Bedford-Stuyvesant, parties in Park Slope, and crashes Columbia University with ease. Sierra's roots in her neighborhood are three generations deep, but no part of the city is alien to her. She loves art, and painting a mural on an abandoned building is the focus of her summer. Abruptly, her stroke-disoriented grandfather urges her to hurry the project-and then she is attacked by what looks like a walking corpse. What follows is a well-executed plot of the exceptional child with a mysterious history standing forth to save her world, aided by a similarly gifted romantic interest. 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. Her goal is to go deeper into that history and, by so doing, effect change of her own. Sierra's masterful adaptability is most apparent in her language, which moves among English and Spanish, salsa and rap, formality and familiarity with an effortlessness that simultaneously demonstrates Older's mastery of his medium. Ages 14-up. Agent: Eddie Schneider, JABberwocky Literary Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Scholastic on Brilliance Audio.
#1 - Shadowshaper
#2 - Shadowhouse Fall
Subjects Magic -- Fiction.
Hispanic Americans -- Fiction.
Puerto Rican families -- Fiction.
Paranormal fiction -- Fiction.
Street art -- Fiction.
Supernatural -- Fiction.
Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Grand Haven, Michigan :2015
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Rose, Anika Noni, 1972- narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Anika Noni Rose.
Other Contributors Produced & directed by TBD.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact disc.
MP3 format compact disc. Will only play on CD players adapted for MP3 format.
System Details System requirements: CD/MP3 player or PC with MP3-capable software.
Description 1 audio disc (7 hr., 22 min.) : digital, MP3 ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781522651765
1522651764
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