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Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) (Shadowshaper Cypher, The) by [Older, Daniel José]
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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Summer has just started, and Sierra plans to enjoy it, hanging out with her friends in their Brooklyn neighborhood and painting a mural at the local junklot. Then things start to get weird. While she is talking to fellow artist Robbie at the first party of the summer, a zombielike creature disrupts things, Robbie disappears, and she is left to discover that she lives in a world full of magic that she knows nothing about. As she slowly pieces together the mystery of her heritage, Sierra discovers her own powers of ancestral magic and battles the evil professor who is trying to steal them. Robbie is a clear love interest, but he isn't there to rescue Sierra. Sierra is a tough, confident, body-positive female protagonist of Puerto Rican descent, proud of her 'fro and curves. The fact that she and Robbie seem to be connecting romantically is portrayed as more of a happy coincidence than the culmination of a lifelong dream of romance. Dialogue is fast paced and authentic to Sierra's Brooklyn neighborhood, which is vividly described. Readers will find someone to whom they can relate in her diverse group of friends. VERDICT Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

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A Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A Top Ten ALA Quick Pick
A "New York Times" Notable Children's Book
"Magnificent... a world that readers cannot help wanting to live in." -- Holly Black, "The New York Times"
"Older's book is a first-rate example of how representation, diversity and themes of social justice and identity can be skilfully woven into a narrative -- not so that they disappear, but so that the story pivots on them in a way that is authentic, exciting, and ultimately satisfying." -- Cory Doctorow, "Boing Boing"
"The strength of Older's tale is in his meticulous attention to the details of the life of a brown-skinned, natural-haired Puerto Rican teenage girl. Older's storytelling is rich enough to warrant such treatment, because this is a world that will stay with readers long after the last page." -- "Los Angeles Times"
* "Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic -- a must." -- "Kirkus Reviews," starred review
* "Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package." -- "School Library Journal," starred review
* "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." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review
* "Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling." -- "Booklist," starred review
"Older not only gives readers a diverse cast, but he stays true to their background, language and community, lending an authenticity to his work... If you're a YA urban fantasy reader looking for something creative and different, try "Shadowshaper" on for size." -- "Romantic Times Book Review"
"Exactly the kind of title Walter Dean Myers charged his peers to pen at the onset of his career and the kind of narrative he was still imploring publishers to fete in the twilight of his life, one that takes young readers, their unique needs and their racial and cultural realities seriously. "Shadowshaper" would make him proud." -- "The Washington Post"
"Sierra Santiago is the type of character we've all hoped we could have in YA." -- Bustle.com
"Joyful and assertive and proud, and makes me want to read everything else of Older's, for more of these voices, connections and lives." -- "National Public Radio"
"Daniel Jose Older is one of my favorite new voices, and I can't wait to see what he (and Sierra) come up with next." -- Anika Noni Rose, star of "Dreamgirls" and "The Princess and the Frog"
"I highly recommend "Shadowshaper.".. it is exceptional in a great many ways." -- Debbie Reese, "American Indians in Children's Literature"
"One of my favorite books of the year, period." -- Rebecca Schinsky, "BookRiot"
""Shadowshaper" is a game changer." -- "FlavorPill""

Product details

  • File Size: 16742 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Q5LJFJA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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