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Neal Shusterman

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in Brooklyn, New York, The United States


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March 2011

About this 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 Lib

2015 National Book Award Winners

Brendan and me accepting our National Book Award

We won!!!

Wow. What a night.

Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone who has sent me kind emails, texts, tweets, psychic messages, and so on. I want to congratulate the other 2015 National Book Award winners—Adam Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Robin Coste Lewis—and give a shoutout to my fellow shortlist nominees in the Young People’s Literature category: Steve Sheinkin, Ali Benjamin, Noelle Stev... Read more of this blog post »
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Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
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Everlost (Skinjacker, #1)
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UnSouled (Unwind, #3)
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 13,673 ratings — published 2013 — 19 editions
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Everwild (Skinjacker, #2)
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 8,710 ratings — published 2009 — 19 editions
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UnDivided (Unwind, #4)
4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 7,823 ratings — published 2014 — 14 editions
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Everfound (Skinjacker, #3)
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Full Tilt
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"The creator of the Unwind Dystology answers your questions on moral mysteries, plot vs. character, and the story behind his moving new book, Challenger Deep" ...More

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The Shining was my favorite Stephen King book when I was a teenager. I listened to the audio version of Doctor Sleep, and really enjoyed it, but somehow it didn’t live up to the Shining. Granted, our memory of books from our youths is an extremely ha ...more
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I enjoyed this book, although with all the hype from people whose opinions I respect, I was expecting to enjoy it more. I suppose being a writer, I found a lot of author-y nitpicks. Things that I would have spent more, or less time on. Choices I wish ...more
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What’s good about this book: Florence! Having been to Florence several times, and being in love with the city, following the main characters around town was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the art, the secret passageways, the historical context. Dan Brown is ...more
Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman
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It was really a blast working with my friend Eric Elfman on this book series. Stylistically it’s kind of a cross between “The Eyes of Kid Midas,” and “The Schwa Was Here,” with an absurd sense of humor, and action-oriented plot. Eric and I would cons ...more
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“Stupid dreams. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.”
Neal Shusterman, Unwind

“In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn't a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”
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“I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.”
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Which November New Release would you like to read in January?

Books were randomly chosen from Goodreads' "Most Popular Books Published In November 2013" list.

Kinked (Elder Races, #6) by Thea Harrison
Kinked by Thea Harrison
(Elder Races, #6)
  9 votes, 37.5%

After Eden (After Eden, #1) by Helen Douglas
After Eden by Helen Douglas
(After Eden, #1)
  3 votes, 12.5%

Hell Bent (Broken Magic, #1) by Devon Monk
Hell Bent by Devon Monk
(Broken Magic, #1)
  3 votes, 12.5%

UnSouled (Unwind, #3) by Neal Shusterman
UnSouled by Neal Shusterman
(Unwind, #3)
  2 votes, 8.3%

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by Susan Ee
World After by Susan Ee
(Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
  2 votes, 8.3%

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4) by Richelle Mead
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
(Bloodlines, #4)
  2 votes, 8.3%

Long Live the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #3) by Kate Locke
Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke
(The Immortal Empire, #3)
  1 vote, 4.2%

Eternal Sin (Mark of the Vampire, #6) by Laura Wright
Eternal Sin by Laura Wright
(Mark of the Vampire, #6)
  1 vote, 4.2%

Darkness Splintered (Dark Angels, #6) by Keri Arthur
Darkness Splintered by Keri Arthur
(Dark Angels, #6)
  1 vote, 4.2%

Extracted (The Lost Imperials, #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin
Extracted by Sherry D. Ficklin
(The Lost Imperials #1)
  0 votes, 0.0%

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message 19: by Sarah

Sarah Johnson Thank you so much for accepting!!! I loved "Challenger Deep" and the Unwind series so much. :)

message 18: by Nori

Nori Thanks for accepting. I'm so happy I cried blood.

message 17: by Megan

Megan I'm so happy to be friends with you so I can express how much I love the whole Unwind dystology! They're all flawless and I've read them like 3 times and love them more each time. I read the Skinjacker series a couple years back, so I'm going have to revisit those. I also was given Bruiser by my friend since she knows my love for your books and I'm so excited! Your writing is superb and your mind works in amazing ways.

message 16: by Emily

Emily Scott I hope this doesn't sound too corny, but thank you for writing the Unwind series. You know a series is good when a student comes in to library and asks for a good book and the first words out of her mouth is "Have you read the Unwind series?". (Happened numerous times with my middle school and now my high school libraries) It's our high school librarian's favorite series! I couldn't tell you the amount of jealous looks I received when I walked through the halls with Undivided, when it wasn't yet available for students to check out (I'm a student library aid). Or the struggle I had to go through to finally get a hold of Unsouled. There was SO many holds on that book. I guess I just wanted to say that the Unwind series was a big part of my life? (I've been reading the series since 8th grade and now I'm a senior) and I would also like to thank you for accepting my friend request.

J. A. Owen  Hi Neal!

Mr. Popular!

I hope you are doing well and everything is going according to plan! Wishing you all the best!

a supportive fan
Jessika :)

Ok byeeeeeeeeeee! <3

message 14: by Ashley

Ashley Thanks for accepting my friend request. You are in my top three favorite authors, and it really means a lot!
I seriously cannot wait to read UnSouled when it comes out! Congratulations on all of your amazing books, and keep writing!

message 13: by Riya

Riya Thanks so much for accepting my friend request!!! Unwind was just amazing, and I just got Unwholly- I'm honestly dying to read it. Such an amazing series!

message 12: by Ashley

Ashley Thank you for accepting my friend request.

message 11: by Mariama (last edited Feb 25, 2013 01:57PM)

Mariama Thanks for accepting my friend request!! You are one of my top five favorite authors and I have read every single book of yours that I can get my hands on! You are an amazing author and your writing always makes me crave for more!

My favorite book that you have written is Unwind, though the Skinjacker trilogy is a close second. I love your concepts with these two books; you are extremely original:) I also really like your Dark Fusion series, especially Red Rider's Hood. Any chance of any more of those books coming out anytime soon? I just love the idea of twisting fairy tales that way! Amazing! Another favorite of mine is Bruiser. That book just made me think so much about the meaning of love and sacrifice.

Anyway, I extremely enjoy your books!!! I wish I could become such a masterful storyteller just like you:)


message 10: by Namra

Namra Hi, Neal! I just want to tell you that you're a fabulous writer. Unwind just strikes a chord in your heart. And it is one of my favourite books ever. I haven't read UnWholly yet but am so looking forward to it.

BTW I really liked the way you took a realistic approac in Unwind. Not painting a dismal picture unnaturally rosy. So thank you. Unwind rocked my world.

J. A. Owen  Mr. Neal, I just wanted to say that I loved Everlost! It was just a great read and you are a brilliant author! I can't wait to get my hands on your other books! <3 <3 <3

and you are reading game of thrones!?!?! Me too!!! It's so addicting!!! I want to tell customers at my work now when they would expect things to be ready, and I want to say, "When the winter comes it will all be ready," They won't like my reference to a game of thrones bahahaha and it won't go well with my managers. :P :P :P :P But it is a funny idea for me. :P oh books.

 ☆∞Pumpkin Spice☮ Latte∞☆ Unwind was brilliant! When is Unwholly due out?

Kat (idangerous) Thank you for accepting my request! I'm currently reading Red Rider's Hood after reading Bruiser and so far Red is really good!

Mgdrox99 Unwind was an amazing book. I just finished the first Skinjacker book and I checked out Everwild and Everfound. Your an amazing author. I love your books and so does everyone at my school.

message 5: by Amy

Amy Thank you for accepting my request :) Unwind was beautiful and I can't wait to read more!

Chels M. Thanks for the friendship, Mr. Shusterman. I loved Everlost so much! I´m waiting for Everwild to come out in my country :)

Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* Thanks so much for accepting my friend request! I absolutely loved 'Unwind' and can't wait to read some more of your work! :)

message 2: by Tash

Tash Thank you for accepting my friend request!

Sangr1a Thanks for adding me as a friend! :D

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