Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
When Sierra is asked to paint a mural on the side of a building in her neighborhood, she’s happy for the chance to both show her skills and take her mind off things. Her abuela died recently, and her abuelo has had a stroke, leaving him unable to talk. Her neighborhood is full of art, but it’s been fading recently, like something is sucking the life out of it. Sierra thinks it’s just her imagination, until her abuelo suddenly talks, giving her a riddle to solve. When she asks handsome Robbie to help her with the mural, it’s only because she’s been asked to finish as soon as possible. But it turns out he knows something about her abuelo, and the riddle, and the mysterious Shadowshapers no one wants to talk about. At first Sierra is just curious about the family history she’s been left out of. But when she’s attacked by a dead man and shadowy creatures, discovering the truth becomes a matter of life and death.
Sierra is a strong and confident woman, proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and unwilling to accept that she can’t do anything she wants. Recommended for high school and up.
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