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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel José Older Narrator: Anika Noni Rose Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9780545921220
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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…This is a world that will stay with readers long after the last page.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “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)

  • “Sometimes funny and sometimes striking, Older’s comfortable prose seamlessly blends English and Spanish. Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic—a must.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Anika Noni Rose’s narration rolls with every twist and turn in this fantasy, creating a variety of voices, moving flawlessly between English and Spanish, and bringing to life the main character…Rose focuses listeners on Sierra’s multicultural urban world. Her expressive delivery highlight Sierra’s curiosity and intelligence…Cultural exploration, magic, and action blend to form a lively listen.”


  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Reader's Literature
  • A 2016 Locus Award Finalist
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About the Author

Daniel José Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, workshop facilitator, and composer. 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 ghoststar.net.

About the Narrator

Anika Noni Rose is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.