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Neal Shusterman

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in Brooklyn, New York, The United States

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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

Lab-Grown Meet Could Be on Sale by End of 2018:

There’s a book in this… although it does remind me a bit of how they grew meat in M.T. Anderson’s Feed. (Great book, by the way. It still haunts me.)

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message 18: by Sarah

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

message 17: by Faith

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

message 16: 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 15: 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.

Jessika Beaty  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 13: 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 12: 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 11: by Ashley

Ashley Thank you for accepting my friend request.

message 10: 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:)


Jessika Beaty  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.

 ☆∞Love Frances∞☆ 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 (farewell autumn) 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!

Sangria Thanks for adding me as a friend! :D

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