Neal Shusterman - Author

About the Author

Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.

In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country. Neal's talents range from film directing (two short films he directed won him the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Awards) to writing music and stage plays – including book and lyrical contributions to “American Twistory,” which is currently playing in Boston. He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed three successful "How to Host a Mystery" game for teens, as well as seven "How to Host a Murder" games.

As a screen and TV writer, Neal has written for the "Goosebumps" and “Animorphs” TV series, and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie “Pixel Perfect”. Currently Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios.

Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker. Much of his fiction is traceable back to stories he tells to large audiences of children and teenagers -- such as his novel The Eyes of Kid Midas. As a speaker, Neal is in constant demand at schools and conferences. Degrees in both psychology and drama give Neal a unique approach to writing. Neal's novels always deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true-to-life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor.

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Other books by Neal Shusterman

Thunderhead

Thunderhead

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The dark and thrilling sequel to Scythe, the New York Times sci-fi bestseller. The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It's a perfect system - until it isn't. It's been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra's life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot. The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Scythe

Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2018

In a perfect world, what is there left to fear? A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death. In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("e;gleaned"e;) by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2016

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn. Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary.

Teslas irrsinnig bose und atemberaubend revolutionare Verschworung

Teslas irrsinnig bose und atemberaubend revolutionare Verschworung

Author: Neal Shusterman, Eric Elfman Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2015

Nick und seine Freunde versuchen, die Erfindungen von Nikola Tesla zuruckzubekommen, um sie endlich zu einer einzigen Maschine zusammenzusetzen. Doch die Gegenstande uben immer mehr Macht auf ihre Besitzer aus und Nick ist geradezu besessen von seiner Aufgabe. Bald ist sich niemand mehr so ganz sicher, ob Tesla tatsachlich nur gute Absichten verfolgt hat ... Teslas Verschwrung ist der zweite Band einer rasanten Trilogie fr Jungen und Mdchen ab 11 Jahren. Unglaubliche Erfindungen des Genies Nikola Tesla spielen eine entscheidende Rolle in dieser temporeichen Abenteuergeschichte, die alle Eigenschaften eines Lieblingsbuches aufweist: Spannung, Humor, sympathische Protagonisten und gefhrliche Verschwrungen.

Teslas unvorstellbar geniales und verbluffend katastrophales Vermachtnis

Teslas unvorstellbar geniales und verbluffend katastrophales Vermachtnis

Author: Neal Shusterman, Eric Elfman Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2015

Ein kaputter Toaster, eine uralte Kamera, eine defekte Autobatterie: Wie konnte Nick ahnen, dass es sich bei dem Schrott auf seinem Dachboden um bahnbrechende Erfindungen Nikola Teslas handelt? Leider sind die Gegenstande nicht nur genial, sondern auch gefahrlich. Denn der Geheimbund der Accelerati will sie fur sich - um jeden Preis!Teslas Vermchtnis ist der Auftakt zu einer neuen, rasanten Trilogie fr Jungen und Mdchen ab 11 Jahren. Unglaubliche Erfindungen des Genies Nikola Tesla spielen eine entscheidende Rolle in dieser temporeichen Abenteuergeschichte, die alle Eigenschaften eines Lieblingsbuches aufweist: Spannung, Humor, Verschwrungen, sympathische Protagonisten und gefhrliche Verschwrungen.

Undivided

Undivided

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Proactive Citizenry, the company which created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce Rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. But below the surface is of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa and Lev uncover these shocking secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future. But more trouble is brewing. Starkey's group of storked teens are growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they'll burn the harvest camps to the group, and put every adult in them before a firing squad-which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future. Praise for UNWIND: This is the kind of rare book that makes the hairs on your neck rise up. It is written with a sense of drama that should get it instantly snapped up for film. The Times Gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller... The issues raised could not be more provocative - the sanctity of life, the meaning of being human - while the delivery could hardly be more engrossing or better aimed to teens. Publishers Weekly, starred review a powerful, shocking, and intelligent novel... It's wonderful, wonderful stuff. thebookbag.co.uk This book challenges ones ideas about life, about morality, about religion, about fanatics. It is not a comfortable read but it is thought-provoking. Carousel

Unwind Unboxed: Unwind; Unstrung: an Unwind Story; Unwholly

Unwind Unboxed: Unwind; Unstrung: an Unwind Story; Unwholly

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

Unwinding - the process by which a child is both terminated yet kept alive. With breath-taking suspense Unwindis a chilling futuristic tale of ethics and morality combined with fast-paced non-stop action. This ebook boxed set includes Unwind, and Unwholly, plus a bonus companion story, Unstrung.In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would 'unwind' them. Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs and Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together through desperation, these unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing all the while that their lives are hanging in the balance

Unsouled

Unsouled

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2013

In the next part of Neal Shusterman's gripping and thought-provoking futuristic thriller, Connor, Lev and Risa continue to uncover shocking secrets about the process of 'Unwinding' and the company, Proactive Citizenry, which created Cam, a teen made completely from parts taken from 'unwound' teens. There are plans to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes, and below the surface of that potential horror lies a sinister layer of intrigue... Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. Will Connor, Lev and Risa ever be able to break free from the fear of Unwinding?

Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2013

From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes a thrilling, spine-tingling 32-page original short story thats perfect for fans of Unwind and UnWholly.Bones. They know the call of the ice.Anika knows the call of the ice, too. Living in an isolated port town in Alaska with her father and younger brother, Anika is practically steps away from the Harding Icefield, and Exit Glacier has always been her favorite place.But after a couple tragically dies there, Exit Glacier seems to come alive and begins moving toward the town with unnatural speed. Anika feels deep in her bones that the ice wants something. . . .After the glacier finally stops in the towns cemetery, Anika and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Rav, face a sinister truth: The soul of the glacier is looking for bodies to inhabit . . . and where better to find them than the graveyard?This fast-paced, eerie short story is a deft blend of suspense and horror that will leave readers breathless . . . and chilled to the bone.Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint with new releases each month.

Guys Read: The Dirt on Our Shoes

Guys Read: The Dirt on Our Shoes

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2013

T-Bin has been traveling through space for years to deposit its passengers on a new planet, to give them a new life.But now, mere days from arrival, Tanner cant shake the feeling that theres a more sinister plot at work.A short story from Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Unwind

Unwind

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Connor, Risa and Lev are running for their lives. Unwinding: the process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive. Unwinding is now a common, and accepted, practice in society. Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their 18th birthday, they can't be harmed - but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away... Gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller... The issues raised could not be more provocative - the sanctity of life, the meaning of being human - while the delivery could hardly be more engrossing or better aimed to teens. Publishers Weekly, starred review A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely School Library Journal, starred review A breathless tale turning pages for teenage boys, as it challenges not just where life begins and ends, but what it means to be alive. Educ8 magazine a powerful, shocking, and intelligent novel... It's wonderful, wonderful stuff. The Bookbag This is the kind of rare book that makes the hairs on your neck rise up. It is written with a sense of drama that should get it instantly snapped up for film. The Times Before there was The Hunger Games, there was Unwind.

UnStrung

UnStrung

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2012

How did Lev Calder move from an unwillingly escaped Tithe to a clapper? In this new ebook original short story, author Neal Shusterman opens a window on Levs adventures between the time he left CyFi and when he showed up at the Graveyard. Levs experiences on a Hi-Rez, an extraordinarily wealthy Native American Reservation introduce him to a teen with remarkable musical talent... and whose gifts are destined to end up in the hands of another. And it is this teens heart-breaking story that inspired Lev to choose the clappers path. Pulling elements from Neal Shustermans critically acclaimed Unwindand giving hints about what is to come in the long-awaited sequel, UnWholly, this short story is a must for fans of the series. PRAISE FORUNWIND: Gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller The issues raised could not be more provocative - the sanctity of life, the meaning of being human - while the delivery could hardly be more engrossing or better aimed to teens. Publishers Weekly, starred review A thought-provoking, well-paced read that will appeal widely School Library Journal, starred review a powerful, shocking, and intelligent novel... Its wonderful, wonderful stuff. thebookbag.co.uk This is the kind of rare book that makes the hairs on your neck rise up. It is written with a sense of drama that should get it instantly snapped up for film. The Times

Neal Shusterman's Skinjacker Trilogy

Neal Shusterman's Skinjacker Trilogy

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Not every child who dies goes on to the afterlife. Some are caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. Its a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost kids run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth. Allie and Nick don't survive the car crash, and end up in Everlost, where coins are more valuable than anyone knows, fortune cookies tell the truth, monsters are real, and the queen of lost souls lives in a once-beloved tower. Nick and Allie have to learn to survive in a world with different rules, and figure out who they can trust--and who they must oppose at all costs. At stake is nothing less than the fate of Everlost and the living world they have left behind. In this gripping trilogy, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.

Everfound

Everfound

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2011

While Mary lies in a glass coffin aboard a ghost train heading west, her minions are awaiting her re-awakening by bringing lots of new souls into Everlost to serve her. Meanwhile Jackin' Jill has met Jix, a fur-jacker - a skin jacker who can take over the bodies of animals, most notably jaguars. Jix serves a Mayan god who collects Everlost coins, and has his own agenda. In the concluding volume of The Skinjacker Trilogy, Neal Shusterman reveals new sides of the characters of Everlost, who are pitted against each other in a battle that may destroy all life on Earth.

Everfound

Everfound

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2011

As Mary Hightower slumbers in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn back into Everlost, her allies and henchmen begin to carry out her terrible mission. Marys army is joined by a newcomer: Jix, a spy for the Mayan King of Everlost. A furjacker who skinjacks great cats, Jix has his own agenda.Meanwhile, Mikey McGill desperately tries to rescue Allie the Outcast. At his side is Nick the Chocolate Ogre, who has become pure chocolate and hardly remembers himself at all. Mikey encounters a creature that scares even the mighty McGill: a scar wraith, whose touch can extinguish an Afterlight forever.It becomes clear that the outcome will determine not just the fate of Everlost, but the fate of the living world as well.Critically acclaimed author Neal Shusterman brings to a close the trilogy that Kirkus Reviews called beautiful and imaginative with this stunning final volume.

Everwild

Everwild

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2009

Everlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war. Nick the Chocolate Ogre wants to help the children of Everlost reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Hightower, self-proclaimed queen of lost children and dangerous fanatic, is determined to keep Everlosts children trapped within its limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary is spreading her propaganda and attracting Afterlights to her cause at a frightening speed.Meanwhile, Allie the Outcast travels home to seek out her parents, along with Mikey, who was once the terrifying monster the McGill. Allie is tempted by the seductive thrill of skinjacking the living, until she discovers the shocking truth about skinjackers.Critically acclaimed author Neal Shusterman writes a book about life, death, and how the choices we make define ourselves in this luminous sequel to Everlost, which Orson Scott Card called marvelously inventive...and magically beautiful.

Unwind

Unwind

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2009

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child unwound, whereby all of the childs organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesnt technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not talented enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Everlost

Everlost

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: eBook Release Date: 20/01/2009

Nick and Allie dont survive the car accidentbut their souls dont exactly get where theyre supposed to go either. Instead, theyre caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. Its a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like hes found a home, but Allie isnt satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the Criminal Art of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.

Speeding Bullet

Speeding Bullet

Author: Neal Shusterman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2004

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