Author: Daniel José Older
Pub. Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.
Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.
Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.
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The scaffolding shivered. She looked down. Manny had one hand on a support beam, the other cupped around the phone earpiece he always had in. His head was bowed, shaking from side to side.
“When?” Manny said. “How long ago?”
Sierra looked one last time at Papa Acevedo and climbed down the scaffolding.
“You are sure?” Manny looked up at her and then back down. “You’re sure it was him?”
“You okay?” Sierra whispered.
“I’ll be right there. Ya. Ya vengo, ahora mismo. Dentro de . . . quince minutos. Okay.” Manny poked the button on his earpiece and stared at the ground for a few seconds.
“What happened?” Sierra asked.
“Reporter stuff,” Manny said. He closed his eyes. Besides being the self-appointed Domino King of Brooklyn, he published, wrote, and delivered the Bed-Stuy Searchlight, churning out the three pages of local gossip and event updates from a little basement printing press over on Ralph Avenue. The Searchlight had been coming every day for as long as Sierra could remember.
“Somebody you know?”
Manny nodded. “Knew. Ol’ Vernon, we called him. He’s gone.”
He nodded, shook his head, nodded again.
“Manny? What does that mean?”
“I have to go, Sierra. You finish this painting, you hear me?”
“What? Tonight? Manny, I . . .”
“No! Ha.” He looked at her, finally smiled. “Of course not. Just, soon.”
In a flurry of jangling keys and heavy breathing, Manny shut down the industrial lights and let them out of the iron fence around the Junklot. “Have a good time tonight, Sierra. Don’t worry about me. But be careful!”
Sierra’s phone buzzed again as she watched Manny rush off into the Brooklyn night. It was Bennie again.
You comin right?
Sierra texted a quick yeh and pocketed her phone. An early summer breeze wafted through her hair as she fast-walked past brownstones and corner stores, rounded a corner onto Lafayette, and headed home. She had to get ready for the party and check on Grandpa Lázaro, but all she could think about was Papa Acevedo’s teardrop.
Daniel José Older is the author of the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which begins in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues from Penguin’s Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at ghoststar.net/ and @djolder on twitter.
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