Megan Shull

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Megan Shull
Born 1968 (age 49–50)
Ithaca, New York, U.S.
Occupation Children's book author
Nationality American
Education BS, Ph.D.
Alma mater Cornell University

Megan Shull (born 1968) is an American author of books for children and young adults. Some of her best known works are, 'The Swap' (HarperCollins, 2014)[1]—now a Disney Channel Original Movie,[2] 'Bounce' (HarperCollins, 2016) and the award-winning young adult novel 'Amazing Grace.' (Disney Hyperion, 2005).[3]


Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Shull holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. At Cornell, Shull's doctoral work in educational psychology looked at ways to help young people retain their resilience as they navigate adolescence, and gave her inspiration as a writer.[4][5]

A graduate of Ithaca High School, Shull competed in youth ice hockey before going on to play for Cornell University. While in graduate school, Shull founded a mentoring program with the women's hockey team that still thrives today.[6][7] In 2000, she was a team rider for Girls on the Move, a special project of Outward Bound, USA, bicycling coast-to-coast from Portland, Oregon, to New York City.[8][9]

Shull was given her big break in children's publishing by Pleasant Rowland, founder of American Girl. Shull's first two books – 'Yours Truly Skye O'Shea' and 'Skye's the Limit!' – were published by American Girl.[10]

Today, Shull lives in her hometown, Ithaca.[11]


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  2. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2016-04-20). "Disney Channel Original Movie 'The Swap' Set As Network Plans 100-Pic Celebration". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Megan Shull, Goodreads Author". Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Swap Author Dr. Megan Shull". A Closer Look Radio. September 25, 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Tweens 'Swap' Selves in Ithacan's New Novel". Ithaca Times. September 5, 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Megan Shull, a positive storyteller for young readers". Cornell Chronicle. September 2, 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Big Red women hockey players mentor local girls". Cornell Chronicle. November 24, 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Megamodel puts positive spin on plus size". USA Today. October 11, 2000. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Like Mother, Like Daughter at Table". LA Times. November 2, 2000. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ithaca children's author finds inspiration in hometown". The Ithaca Journal. August 29, 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Movie company may bring Ithaca author's book to silver screen". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 

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