Night Shadows

night shadows cover

by Barbara DaCosta
illustrated by Ed Young

Night Shadows tells the story of a lonely girl who finds an unlikely friend in her elderly neighbor. Each night kids have been creeping around and spray painting houses in Tasha’s neighborhood. Two days in a row, her neighbor Mrs. Lucy awakes to find graffiti outside her home. Tasha helps her paint over it. They discover that they are alike, except for their age, and become inseparable. This nuanced story shows young readers that honesty and respect are the most important elements for friendship. This third collaboration of Caldecott Medal-winner Ed Young and and Barbara DaCosta shows the intensity with which a child experiences solitude and companionship.

“In Barbara DaCosta’s story, friendship and forgiveness emerge from the shadows to shine as warmly as Ed Young’s art. I found myself deeply touched by this tender, honest story, and mesmerized by the jaggedly beautiful, moody illustrations. This book is a gift for anyone, child or adult, who has ever needed a true friend in a rough world.”

Available November 2020
Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square