The 2016 Read It Forward fall selection, “Shadowshaper,” by Daniel José Older, was nominated for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature. Older will discuss the book on November 10 from 7-8 p.m. at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.
“Shadowshaper” follows Brooklyn teenager Sierra Santiago, who had planned a summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. When the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears, Sierra realizes something sinister is happening.
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, and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family’s past and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.
Free copies of “Shadowshaper” will be given out to teens (and adults too) who ask for a copy at St. Louis Public Library locations, while supplies last. If you don’t get one, borrow it from a friend or check it out at a Branch near you.
Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.