Saturday, July 22, 2017

Six crucial YA city stories

Darren Croucher writes YA novels with a partner, under the name A.D. Croucher. At the BN Teen blog he tagged six YA novels "that make particularly evocative use of their rich—and very real—urban settings," including:
Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older

A long, hot summer in Brooklyn is where this tale of shadowshapers—people who can infuse their art with demon-fighting magic—is deeply and richly set. With Puerto Rican teenager Sierra Santiago as its compelling lead character, the novel dives deep into the rich histories of the borough and the people who live there. By filling this visceral version of Brooklyn with a rippling mirage of otherworldliness, the author gives us a truly magical take on a very real place. A wonderfully detailed urban fantasy that overflows with danger and wonder.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue