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Neal Shusterman
Shusterman at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Shusterman at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Born (1962-11-12) November 12, 1962 (age 60)
Brooklyn, New York City
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Irvine
Notable awards National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Neal Shusterman (born November 12, 1962) is an American writer of young-adult fiction. He won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for his book Challenger Deep and his novel, Scythe, was a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book.

Early life

Shusterman was born on November 12, 1962, and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. From a young age, Shusterman was an avid reader. At the age of 16, Shusterman and his family moved to Mexico City. He finished high school there at the American School Foundation and is quoted as saying that "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.


After college, Shusterman worked 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 lives in Florida.

Shusterman has received numerous honors for his books, including the National Book Award in 2015 for his novel Challenger Deep, 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. His novels Downsiders and Full Tilt have each won over 20 awards. Unwind has won more than 30 awards and is in development with Universal TV as a television series. His novel Scythe is in development with Universal as a feature film.

Shusterman has also written for TV, including the Original Disney Channel movie Pixel Perfect, as well as episodes of Goosebumps and Animorphs. He has written for R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series and is also adapting his novel Challenger Deep for 20th Century Fox.

Fellow author Orson Scott Card invited Shusterman to write novels parallel to Ender's Game about other characters from the series, but schedules didn't permit it, and Card wrote Ender's Shadow and the subsequent series himself.



Fiction series

The Accelerati trilogy (with Eric Elfman)

  • Tesla's Attic (2014) ISBN: 978-1423148036
  • Edison's Alley (2015) ISBN: 978-1423148067
  • Hawking's Hallway (2016) ISBN: 978-1423155218

Antsy Bonano

  • The Schwa Was Here (2004) ISBN: 978-0756967192
  • Antsy Does Time (2008) ISBN: 978-0525478256
  • Ship Out of Luck (2013) ISBN: 978-0525422266

Arc of a Scythe

  • Scythe (2016)
  • Thunderhead (2018)
  • The Toll (2019)
  • Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe (2022)

Dark Fusion

  • Dread Locks (2005)
  • Red Rider's Hood (2005)
  • Duckling Ugly (2006)

Shadow Club

  • The Shadow Club (1988)
  • The Shadow Club Rising (2002)

Skinjacker trilogy

  • Everlost (2006)
  • Everwild (2009)
  • Everfound (2011)

Star Shards

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

The Unwind dystology

  • Unwind (2007) ISBN: 978-1416912040
  • UnStrung (2012) (short story) ISBN: 978-1442423664
  • UnWholly (2012)
  • UnSouled (2013) ISBN: 978-1442423695
  • UnDivided (2014) ISBN: 978-1481409759
  • UnBound (2015) (short story collection, contains UnStrung)

The X-Files

  • The X-Files Young Adult Series
  • 3) Bad Sign (1997) [writing as Easton Royce] novelization of The X-Files episode Syzygy
  • 10) Dark Matter (1999) [writing as Easton Royce] novelization of The X-Files episode Soft Light
  • The X-Files Young Readers Series
  • 8) Voltage (1996) [writing as Easton Royce] novelization of The X-Files episode D.P.O.
  • 9) E.B.E. (1996) co-authored with Les Martin [writing as Easton Royce] novelization of The X-Files episode E.B.E.

Space: Above and Beyond

  • 1) The Aliens Approach (1996) [writing as Easton Royce] novelization of the pilot episode of the Space: Above and Beyond TV series
  • 3) Mutiny (1996) [writing as Easton Royce] novelization of the Space: Above and Beyond episode, Mutiny


  • Dissidents (1989)
  • Speeding Bullet (1991)
  • What Daddy Did (1991) (later renamed Chasing Forgiveness)
  • The Eyes of Kid Midas (1992)
  • The Dark Side of Nowhere (1997) ISBN: 978-0316789073
  • Downsiders (1999)
  • Full Tilt (2004) ISBN: 978-0689803741
  • Bruiser (2010) ISBN: 978-0061134081
  • Challenger Deep (2015) illustrated by Brendon Shusterman ISBN: 978-0061134111
  • Dry (2018) co-authored with Jarrod Shusterman ISBN: 9781481481960
  • Game Changer (February 2021)
  • Roxy (November 2021)

Picture books

  • Piggyback Ninja (1994) Illustrated by Joe Boddy

Short stories

  • Resurrection Bay (2013) ISBN: 978-0062295163 [published only as an ebook]

Short story collections

  • Darkness Creeping: Tales to Trouble Your Sleep (1993)
  • Darkness Creeping II: More Tales to Trouble Your Sleep (1995)
  • 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)
  • Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales (2007)
  • Violent Ends (2015) co-authored with 17 other authors including, Brendon Shusterman, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Beth Revis


  • "Shadows of Doubt" (1993)

Screenwriting credits



  • Double Dragon (1994)
  • Pixel Perfect (2004)
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