- Author: Daniel Jose Older
- Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
- Published: June 2015
- ISBN-10: 0545591619
- ISBN-13: 9780545591614
- Format: Hardcover
- Size: 8.5X5.7X1
- Weight: 0.8
- Copyright: 2015
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
Our Price: $17.99
When her summer plans are interrupted by creepy supernatural phenomena, Sierra and her artist friend uncover the work of a magic-wielding killer who believes Sierra's family is hiding a powerful secret. A first young adult novel. Simultaneous eBook.
When walking corpses—and worse—show up in the city, a teen discovers family secrets and ancestral powers.Sierra's summer plan is to paint an enormous mural on an abandoned, unfinished five-story building. On an older mural nearby, unnervingly, a painted face changes expression and weeps a tear that glistens and drops. Grandpa Lázaro, mostly speechless from a stroke, grasps a lucid moment to warn Sierra, "They are coming for us….the shadowshapers." Abuelo can't or won't explain further, and Sierra has no idea what shadowshapers are. Her regular world explodes into a "mystical Brooklyn labyrinth" shimmering with beauty but deadly dangerous. Walking corpses with icy grips and foul smells chase her, and a throng haint—a shadowy phantom with mouths all over—almost kills her. In Bed-Stuy, Prospect Park, and Coney Island in the middle of the night, Sierra fights to stay alive and to decipher her role in this chaos. This story about ancestors, ghost s, power, and community has art and music at its core; Sierra's drawing and painting turn out to be tools for spirit work. Sierra's Puerto Rican with African and Taíno ancestors; her community is black and brown, young and old, Latin and Caribbean and American. Sometimes funny and sometimes striking, Older's comfortable prose seamlessly blends English and Spanish. Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic—a must. (Urban fantasy. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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