Shadow Weaver (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Shadow Weaver series.

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Cheri's February 2018 pick, 2 of 2

Emmeline has a gift. She can bend and mold shadows into shapes that have substance. Her parents are afraid of her gift, have treated her with disdain, and kept her at arm’s length. Her closest friend is her own shadow, Dar. Dar claims to be a lonely soul who was attached to Emmeline’s shadow with dark magic. As things get dangerous for Emmeline at home, she and Dar run away, with the intention of performing a ritual to free Dar. Emmeline is determined to do this for her closest and best friend. While on the run, they are taken in by a family with a special child of their own. Lucas’ gift is with light, and very similar in nature to Emmeline’s own. His parents support and encourage Lucas’ gift, have spent their lives protecting him. Such the opposite of Emmeline’s own family and experience. She is drawn to this family, possibly at the cost of Dar’s friendship. Dar wonders what the family is so afraid of and why they protect Lucas so ferociously. The answer may lie in Dar’s own story-for she too had been a child with a gift. This book is a great addition for anyone’s reading list, but especially for those who like to read something exciting, and maybe just little creepy.

— From Cheri's staff picks, 2014-2018


Fans of Coraline, Doll Bones and The Night Gardener will devour this award winning dark fantasy about twelve-year-old Emmeline who is desperate to save the only friend she has ... her own shadow. But what happens when her shadow starts craving a life of its own?

A Texas Bluebonnet Nominee

Emmeline's gift to control and manipulate shadows makes her the subject of mockery...and fear. Forbidden to leave home by her parents, Emmeline's closest confidant is her own shadow, Dar. When a noble stranger visits and offers her parents a cure, Emmeline is terrified of losing her power--and her only friend. So Dar proposes a deal: she will change the noble's mind if Emmeline will help her become flesh.

When the man ends up in a coma, Emmeline is stunned--and blamed. Now forced to flee, her only hope of clearing her name is to find a way to give the shadow she's no longer sure she can trust what it craves--life.

With the gripping feel of a new classic, award winning Shadow Weaver will enthrall middle school readers who love fantasy, magic, and danger. Perfect for 5th grade and above.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492667988
ISBN-10: 1492667986
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers
Publication Date: December 4th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Shadow Weaver