Neal Shusterman

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Neal Shusterman
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Shusterman at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Born Neal Shusterman
(1962-11-12) November 12, 1962 (age 52)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American

Neal Shusterman (born November 12, 1962) is a popular and successful American writer of young-adult fiction.


Shusterman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Even from a young age, Shusterman was an avid reader. At age 8, Shusterman sent a letter to E. B. White, informing him that he believed Charlotte's Web needed a sequel. White replied, stating that he thought the book was fine as it was, requiring no sequel, but encouraged Shusterman to continue writing.[citation needed] At age 16, Shusterman and his family moved to Mexico City.[1] He finished high school there at the American School Foundation and quotes, "Having an international experience changed my life, giving me a fresh perspective on the world, and a sense of confidence I might not have otherwise." He attended the University of California, Irvine, where he double-majored in psychology and theater, and was also on the varsity swim team. During his years there, he wrote a popular humor column for the school paper. After college, he got a job as an assistant at Irvin Arthur Associates, a talent agency in Los Angeles, where Lloyd Segan became his agent. Within a year, Shusterman had his first book deal, and a screenwriting job. He currently lives in Southern California with his four children.[2]

Shusterman won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the 2008 California Young Reader Medal for The Schwa Was Here. He served as a judge for the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship in 2012.[3] Some of his other novels include The Dark Side of Nowhere, Everlost, What Daddy Did, The Shadow Club, The Shadow Club Rising, The Eyes of Kid Midas, and the Star Shards Chronicles: Scorpion Shards, Thief of Souls, and Shattered Sky. His novels Downsiders and Full Tilt have each won over 20 awards. Unwind has won more than 30 awards, and is now in development with Constantin Films as a feature film series. Shusterman's latest novels are Ship Out of Luck (2013), which is a sequel to his book The Schwa was Here[4] and "UnSouled (2013)", the third novel in the "Unwind" series. He can be found on Facebook and Twitter as simply "nealshusterman."

Shusterman has also written for TV, including the Original Disney Channel movie Pixel Perfect, as well as episodes of Goosebumps and Animorphs.[2]

Shusterman was invited by Orson Scott Card to write novels parallel to Ender's Game about other characters from the series, but schedules didn't permit, and Card wrote Ender's Shadow and the subsequent series himself.[5]


Fictional Series[edit]

Dark Fusion Series[edit]

Darkness Creeping[edit]

Skinjacker Trilogy[edit]

Star Shards[edit]

  • 1 Scorpion Shards (1995)
  • 2 Thief of Souls (1999)
  • 3 Shattered Sky (2002)

(reissued by Simon and Schuster in 2013)

The X-Files Universe[edit]

  • The X-Files Young Adult Series
  • 3 Bad Sign (1997) [writing as Easton Royce ]
  • 10 Dark Matter (1999) [writing as Easton Royce ]
  • The X-Files Young Readers Series
  • 8 Voltage (1996) [writing as Easton Royce ]

The Unwind Dystology[edit]

  • Unwind (2007)
  • UnStrung (2012) (digital novella)
  • UnWholly (2012)
  • UnSouled (2013)
  • UnDivided (2014)

As of May 14, 2013, Neal announced the release of a 4th book (UnDivided) in this series because UnSouled was 630 pages long. He and his publishers thought it would be better to take out the last 200 or so pages and stretch them into a 4th novel, with a release date in the Fall of 2014.


  • The Shadow Club (1988)
  • Dissidents (1989)
  • Speeding Bullet (1991)
  • What Daddy Did (1991)
  • The Eyes of Kid Midas (1992)
  • The Aliens Approach (1996) [writing as Easton Royce ]
  • Mutiny (1996) [writing as Easton Royce ]
  • The Dark Side of Nowhere (1997)
  • Downsiders (1999)
  • The Shadow Club Rising (2003)
  • Full Tilt (2003)
  • The Schwa Was Here (2004)
  • Antsy Does Time (2008)
  • Bruiser (2010)
  • Ship Out of Luck (2013)
  • Tesla's Attic (with Eric Elfman) (2014)

Picture Books[edit]

  • Piggyback Ninja (1994)


  • Mindquakes: Stories to Shatter Your Brain (1996)
  • Mindstorms: Stories to Blow Your Mind (1996)
  • Mindtwisters: Stories To Shred Your Head (1997)
  • Mindbenders: Stories to Warp Your Brain (2000)


  • How To Host A Murder:
  • The Grapes of Frath (1997)
  • Roman Ruins (1997)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Guilty (1998)
  • Tragical Mystery Tour (1999)
  • Saturday Night Cleaver (2000)
  • Maiming of the Shrew (2001)
  • An Affair to Dismember (2003)
  • How to Host a Teen Mystery
  • Hot Times at Hollywood High (1997)
  • Barbecue with the Vampire (1999)
  • Roswell That Ends Well (2002)


  • Guy Talk (1987)
  • It's Ok to Say No to Cigarettes and Alcohol (1988)
  • Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story (1989) with Cherie Currie
  • Kid Heroes: True Stories of Rescuers, Survivors, and Achievers (1991)


  • Shadows of Doubt (1993)


  • Afterword: Where They Came From (Mindquakes: Stories to Shatter Your Brain) (1996)
  • Where They Came From (2000)
  • Foreword (Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales) (2007)


  1. ^ Gale, Thomas. "Neal Shusterman Biography". BookRags. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ a b Shusterman, Neal. "Neal Shusterman: Bio". Self published. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Announcing the 2012 PEN Literary Award Recipients". PEN American Center. October 15, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Shusterman, Neal. "Neal Shusterman: News". Self published. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  5. ^ Card himself describes the origins of the idea for Ender's Shadow and Shusterman's early involvement in the Foreword of some editions of Ender's Shadow, including ISBN 978-0-7653-4240-9)

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