Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is an American writer, editor, and composer known for his urban fantasy and young adult fiction. He has written the 'Bone Street Rumba' urban fantasy series and the 'Shadowshaper Cypher' young adult series. Older has also contributed to the 'Star Wars' franchise with his novel 'Last Shot.' His work often explores themes of social justice, cultural identity, and the intersection of the mundane and supernatural.


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  1. 1. Shadowshaper

    In the urban fantasy novel, a young Afro-Latina girl from Brooklyn discovers her family's involvement in a supernatural legacy known as Shadowshaping, where they can infuse ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. However, her world is thrown into chaos when she realizes that a malevolent force is hunting the shadowshapers, aiming to destroy her family's cultural heritage and power. As she delves deeper into this mystical world, she must embrace her identity and heritage to harness her newfound abilities, navigate the complexities of her community and friends, and fight to protect the legacy passed down to her by her ancestors.

    The 8527th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Dactyl Hill Squad

    "Dactyl Hill Squad" is an adventurous historical fiction novel set during the Civil War era. The story follows a group of young orphaned children who possess the ability to communicate with dinosaurs. When their home is attacked and their caretaker is kidnapped, they join a secret society of young rebels who ride dinosaurs to fight against the oppressive forces of the Confederacy. With their unique abilities and newfound allies, the children embark on a dangerous mission to rescue their friend and bring justice to their war-torn world.

    The 10324th Greatest Book of All Time