Twitter folks who follow Daniel José Older already know that his book released tonight, and so just FYI- your Bowl mods Nappyheadflo and myself are going to be reading this along with BattyMamzelle <3 (right? we are still doing this?) if we gather enough interest we may have our first official SaladBowl book club book :D here is the info on the book, it sounds amazing and has been receiving amazing early reviews from the lucky few who had early copies. Not to mention it has been featured on many “must read: summer reading lists.

If you have a young woman in your life who enjoys a good YA novel, who wants to see herself represented in the books she reads this is a great choice! Also it goes along with a common goal many of us have to only read PoC writers this 2015.…

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.